15-year-old fires off gun, shoots woman in neighboring apartment

A woman was struck by gunfire coming from a neighboring apartment on the 1000 block of Hoffman Avenue Sunday night, police reported.

A 15-year-old girl had fired off a gun in the neighboring apartment, shooting through the wall and hitting the 20-year-old woman next door, according to police. The victim was transported to a local hospital with injuries to her lower torso. She is reported to be in stable condition.

Police are still  investigating the circumstances of the shooting. “What we do know is that the juvenile was in a room with a firearm and that’s when the negligent discharge occurred,” said Long Beach police spokesperson Brandon Fahey.

Both the 15-year-old and an adult relative, Ruby Jene Ibarra, were arrested on the scene. Ibarra was arrested on one count of child cruelty and one count of criminal storage of a firearm. Bail was set at $100,000.


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Alena Maschke writes about all things business and beyond for the Long Beach Business Journal/Long Beach Post. Born and raised in Germany, she first fell in love with California during an exchange year at UCLA. After receiving her master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2017, she returned to the Golden State with an appetite for great stories, pupusas and the occasional Michelada.