2 people wounded in Central Long Beach shooting

Two people were struck by gunfire when a shooting erupted from an apparent altercation between two groups of people in Central Long Beach Saturday afternoon, police said.

The shooting was reported in the 500 block of E Pacific Coast Highway between Linden Avenue and Atlantic Avenue shortly after 4:30 p.m., according to police.

Arriving officers found a woman and a male, possibly a juvenile, with gunshot wounds not believed life-threatening, police Lt. Tim Long said. The male was wounded in the lower body and the woman had a superficial wound, he said. Paramedics took both to a hospital.

Officers believe two groups were in an altercation shortly before the shooting occurred, Long Beach police spokesman Richard Mejia said. There was evidence of a shooting in that area, including strike marks where the bullets hit, police said, adding that a firearm was also recovered.

Any further information on a motive, including whether the shooting was gang-related, was not immediately available.

The suspects were still at large. Police said they fled the scene before officers arrived.

Editor’s note: Police originally said the victims were two men, but later said they were a male and a woman. This story has been updated with that information.

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