1 woman killed, 1 teen injured in shooting near mobile food vendor

A Long Beach woman was shot and killed in a spray of gunfire that erupted from an apparent argument at a parking lot where a crowd of people bought food from a mobile food vendor Friday night, police said.

Long Beach police identified the victim as Alejandra Martinez, 36, of Long Beach. She was wounded by the gunfire and died at a local hospital, police said.

The shooting seemed to take place around 11:20 p.m., as officers were waved down near the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and Anaheim Street.

At the scene, officers performed life-saving measures on a 17-year-old teen with a gunshot wound to her upper torso and on a woman police later identified as Martinez. The teen was transported to a local hospital and was later released, police said.

According to a preliminary investigation, several people were in a parking lot purchasing food from a mobile food vendor, police said. The suspect, who also purchased food, verbally confronted a group waiting for their orders, which consisted of men, women and juveniles.

The suspect then pulled a handgun, according to police, and fired several rounds toward the group. An unidentified person in the parking lot returned fire from a firearm, police said. The shooting is being investigated as gang-related, according to the LBPD. Long Beach police define “gang-related” crime as any crime “committed for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with any criminal street gang.”

Police said Martinez had no gang affiliation and is believed to be an unintended target of the suspect, who was last seen driving a sedan northbound on Magnolia Avenue.

Due to the recent increase in gang-related shootings and firearm assaults, Long Beach police are assigning additional officers to reduce gun violence through high-visibility patrols and enforcement in the areas impacted by these crimes, the LBPD said.

Police urged those with any information regarding the shooting to contact Homicide Detectives Donald Collier or Leticia Gamboa at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 800-222-8477.

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