Three people, including a teenage boy, were injured after a string of shootings Friday night and early Saturday morning, Long Beach police said.

The first shooting call came in at about 7:45 p.m. Friday at the 4600 block of Long Beach Boulevard near Scherer Park.

During an investigation, officers at the scene located evidence that suggested a shooting had taken place, and they learned that a teenage boy was taken to a local hospital with injuries to his lower body, police said.

The teen is expected to survive his injuries, police said.

Though the motive for the shooting and potential suspects remains unclear, investigators are treating it as possibly being gang-related, said police spokesman Alvino Herrera. Long Beach police define “gang-related” crimes as any crime “committed for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with any criminal street gang.”

Several hours later and into early Saturday morning, officers were sent to a hospital outside of Long Beach to speak to a man who was in the emergency room.

Officers learned that the man had been shot in the area of Cherry Avenue and Artesia Boulevard in North Long Beach, but they were not able to locate a crime scene at that location, police said.

The man was being treated for injuries to his upper body, according to police, but he is expected to survive.

The motive for that shooting is unclear, as officers continue to investigate, Herrera said.

Approximately two hours later at 2:29 a.m., officers were sent to the 3100 block of Golden Avenue, a block away from Birney Elementary School, where they found a man inside a residence with a gunshot wound to the upper torso, according to police.

Herrera said the motive for the shooting and a suspect description was still unknown and an investigation is continuing. Long Beach Fire paramedics transported the man to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries, police said.

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