Two men were wounded while in their cars in separate shootings one hour apart in Central Long Beach Thursday night, according to police.

These shootings come as Long Beach police say they’ve seen an alarming rise in gun violence. On Tuesday night, for instance, police rushed to four separate reports of gunfire throughout the city.

As of now, police don’t believe the two most recent shootings are related, spokeswoman Allison Gallagher said.

In the first shooting, a man was driving in the area of Pacific Coast Highway and Obispo Avenue when someone shot at him from a gray sedan at about 10:55 p.m. and drove away, police said. The victim called authorities from the area of Redondo Avenue and Anaheim Street and paramedics took him to a local hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his upper body, Gallagher said. He was reportedly in stable condition.

The victim’s car was also hit and officers found strike marks and bullet casings nearby, Gallagher said.

About an hour later at 11:50 p.m., police were called to the area of Ohio Avenue and Anaheim Street for another shooting, according to the LBPD. A man told them he had just parked his car when a man shot at him, Gallagher said.

Paramedics took the victim to a local hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his upper body and he was also in stable condition. Officers again found bullet casings and strike marks in the area, according to the department.

Police do not know the motive for either shooting, but neither is believed to be gang-related, Gallagher said. She also noted there was no altercation between the victims and suspects in either shooting.

Meanwhile, police say they are increasing patrols to combat the rise in “firearm assaults.” They also tweeted Friday that the West Division has been working to take guns out of the hands of people barred from owning them.

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