One person died at the scene, said LBFD Capt. Jack Crabtree. And CHP officers shut down all southbound lanes of the freeway while they investigated.
The victim previously said he’d been assaulted at a “homeless shelter somewhere in Hollywood or the Hollywood area,” but police haven’t been able to find out exactly where.
The exact location wasn’t disclosed, but police said it will be in the South Patrol Division, which includes the Downtown, East Village, Alamitos Beach and Cambodia Town areas.
The LBFD said one patient was assessed for possible smoke inhalation, but nobody was seriously hurt.
The Sheriff’s Department said deputies found the victim lying in the street with a gunshot wound to his upper body around 1 a.m.
More than 40 firefighters between nine engines helped extinguish the fire within 30 minutes, a fire department spokesman said.
A spokesman said fire investigators are trying to determine if the injured parties lit the fireworks or were “collateral damage from others lighting them.”
The coroner’s office will determine the cause of death, but the LBPD does not currently believe there was any foul play.
Authorities said that 64-year-old Steven Gerald Felix has medical conditions and may become easily disoriented.
The Long Beach Fire Department transported the driver to a local hospital for minor injuries.