1 man wounded, driver flees from gunfire in pair of overnight shootings, police say

Police say they’re investigating a pair of overnight shootings in Long Beach, but they have little to go on in the first incident, which left a man wounded.

At around 8:42 p.m. Tuesday, officers were called to a Long Beach hospital after a man checked in with a gunshot wound to the lower body, according to the department. However, the wounded man refused to give officers any information regarding the shooting, police said. Therefore, officers were unable to locate a crime scene.

Police said a second shooting occurred at 10:04 p.m. in the 10 block of West 49th Street.

According to LBPD spokesperson Allison Gallagher, a man was driving westbound on West 49th Street when an “unknown number of suspects” began shooting at the driver’s car from the north sidewalk.

The man continued driving while being shot at, and called police once he was able to get to a safe area, Gallagher said.

The shooters fled the area before police could arrive, according to the LBPD. No injuries were reported.

At the scene, police found bullet casings and unoccupied cars that had been hit by the gunfire, Gallagher said.

As of right now, any motive for the shootings is unknown, police said. With so little info from the first shooting, it’s unclear if the incidents are related, Gallagher said.

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Fernando Haro is the Long Beach Post's breaking news and public safety reporter.
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