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Major Alan Langer, 75

Major Alan Langer, a 75-year-old white man, was shot to death, Friday, Dec. 29, in the 300 block of East San Antonio Drive in Long Beach, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

About 2:25 p.m., Long Beach police responded to call about a shooting at a law firm in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood, according to Sgt. Brad Johnson. Officers found Langer and another man dead. Langer was pronounced dead at 3:01 p.m., according to coroner’s records.

The other man, later identified as John Alexander Mendoza, 58, shot Langer and another man and then shot himself in the head, Johnson said. The men were partners at the law office of Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin, Mendoza and Harrison, according to police and the firm. 

Robert Beck, another partner, was shot in the torso and lower body, authorities said. He was taken to the hospital by his son and was listed as stable and is expected to survive, Johnson said.

The day after the shooting, there was no lawyer with the last name Mendoza listed on the firm’s website and the initial “M” was removed from their logo the following week. 

Todd Harrison, another partner at the firm, issued a statement Dec. 30 about the shooting.

“We are shocked and saddened by the tragedy … leaving one of our partners dead and another injured in a senseless act of workplace violence,” he said. “On behalf of our entire firm, we wish to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Major Langer…. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, as well as with the family of Ronald Beck.”

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Long Beach homicide detectives at (562) 570-7244. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @jeromercampbell and @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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