17-year-old boy dies after being shot in Silverado park, police say

A 17-year-old boy who was shot during a gunfight at Silverado Park on Saturday has died, police said Sunday.

Long Beach resident Khalil Saleem, 17, and two other men were at the basketball courts on the south side of Silverado Park at around 1:51 p.m. Saturday when all three were shot during a gunfight between someone driving by in an SUV and an unidentified person who was also at the courts, according to police.

Saleem suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the upper body and later died at the hospital, police said.

Saleem was a Lakewood High School football player, and the team issued a statement about his death Sunday afternoon.

”Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Khalil Saleem and those impacted by the incident,” the statement said.

One of the other victims remains in the hospital in stable condition, while the third victim was released and is recovering.

Homicide and gang detectives responded to the scene of the shooting, but the suspect’s SUV fled before officers arrived, police said.

At this time, police say the motive for the shooting is unknown, and no additional suspect information is currently available.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact Homicide Det. Michael Hutchinson or Det. Lisette Temblador at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through LA Crime Stoppers.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with more information about Khalil Saleem.

2 injured, 1 in critical condition following gunfight at Silverado Park, police say

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Laura Anaya-Morga is a general assignment reporter for the Long Beach Post.
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