SEAL BEACH – A SWAT team flooded a coastal neighborhood Sunday evening after reports of an active shooter forced residents to stay inside and lock their doors.
“Gunshots. All I heard was gunshots,” said Dylan Bolander, a 14-year-old who lives on the second floor of an apartment building along 7th Street near Central Avenue.
A woman called 911 at 7:20 p.m., according to Sgt. Michael Henderson.Then police said the line went dead. Multiple witnesses told police they heard shots fired in the apartment building.
Officers expanded the lockdown area after 10 p.m., asking residents along 6th and 8th streets to also stay inside their homes.
As of 10:30 p.m., it was still an active tactical situation.
After she heard three gunshots, Bolander said a woman came down from the floor above shaking and crying. She told Bolander the man who lives next-door to her is an off-duty cop who had his girlfriend over visiting. The neighbor reported hearing the girlfriend yell, “No, don’t do this.” Then the woman heard shots fired.
Greg Meier is a maintenance man in the building and lives on the first floor. He came home from a local fish fry and was watching TV when he heard three shots.
“Next thing I know police are showing, barricading the street and running around with guns,” Meier said.
A SWAT team was on the scene, with officers pointing rifles near the apartment building.
Kim Kreuzer, who lives along Seventh Street, said she was sitting in her living room when she heard this message blare down from a police helicopter circling overhead: “If you live in the 100 or 200 block of Seventh Street, go inside and lock your doors.”
April Czach, 26, was also told to stay in her home on 14th Street. She and her husband were watching TV when he heard what he thought were firecrackers. Soon they saw cop cars flying down the street.
Czach said the neighborhood is normally quiet.
But for some longtime residents, the trauma was hitting close to home.
Meier is a family friend of Scott Dekraai, who shot and killed eight people in 2011 in the Salon Meritage. The city is approaching the sixth anniversary of the October massacre.
“This brings back a lot of bad memories,” Meier said.
Check back for more details as this story develops.