John Alexander Mendoza, who was 58 years old, used to work at the law firm of Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin, Mendoza and Harrison in the neighborhood of Bixby Knolls in Long Beach. Mendoza was let go recently by the firm and was extremely upset by it. John Mendoza came back on Friday during the firm’s company holiday party and shot at his colleagues of more than 10 years. Major A. Langer, 75, and Ronald Beck, 64, ran the day to day operations at the firm and were both injured. Langer was killed at the initial scene and Beck was injured in the leg and taken to Long Beach Memorial Center. Once Mendoza was done shooting his intended targets, he killed himself. Beck had to undergo surgery and is reportedly to be released this coming Saturday. Major A. Langer was described as a “brilliant, caring person” by his colleagues and friends and they also said that he “did not deserve this.” One of his colleagues said that Langer built the firm from the ground up and worked in the areas of criminal and personal injury. They also went on to say that Langer had “a heart of gold and considered everyone in the firm family.” Langer was married and had both children and grandchildren.
A young man by the name of Jossy Patrick Avalos, who is 24 years old and a Carson resident, was allegedly driving under the influence when he crashed into an Uber car in Redondo Beach that had two passengers in the back seat. The passengers included Ashley Elizabeth Murray and her male friend. Murray is 21 year old graduate of San Pedro High School. She was currently back home from the University of Arizona celebrating the holidays with her family. Sources told the police that Ashley Murray and her friend were out in San Pedro and on their way home from being out in Hermosa when they were struck by Avalos.