Tanya Paz, administrative assistant at the Signal Tribune who lives with her family in the area where a gunman opened fire on a Long Beach police officer Monday night, was among the downtown Long Beach residents who police evacuated from the area while they searched for the shooter.
Paz, who lives near the intersection of Maine Avenue and 8th Street, said she and her family were at a nearby house for a birthday celebration around 8:00 that night when they heard the news.
“We were just at my neighbor’s house, and we heard a knock on the door,” she said. “It was a police officer, and he said, ‘You guys have to leave right now.’ We were escorted a few streets down, they took our information, and we waited on a city bus for 20 minutes. Then the bus took us to Cesar Chavez Park.” Paz said that she and her family members then called a taxi and went to stay at a relative’s house for the night.
Paz said police officers searched garages in the area as well as her neighbor’s home. “I think the police thought the suspect might be hiding in our back yard or around our house,” she said. “It was an unfortunate event. Something like that hasn’t happened in a long time.”