Bystander injured after afternoon shoot-out in North Long Beach

A bystander was injured in a shoot-out in North Long Beach Monday afternoon, and police are still looking for four of the five men involved.

The injured man, who was standing outside his vehicle when the shooting began at about 4:30 p.m. at South Street and Lime Avenue, was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive, police said.

The incident began when officers who were on patrol in the area saw two men exchanging gunfire with another shooter, who fled the scene, police said.

When the two shooters saw police, they got into a vehicle and fled the scene. Officers pursued the vehicle, with the chase ending about three blocks south at Olive Avenue and Market Street.

Three people fled the vehicle and eluded capture, but police were able to detain the driver, Brushae, Deon Wills, 22, of Hawthorne, who was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit crime, being an accessory to a crime, and evading a peace officer. He was booked into Long Beach Jail with bail set at $50,000.

Police said they recovered a firearm nearby.

Police said they believe the shooting was gang-related, which the department defines as any crime committed “for the benefit of, at the direction of or in association with any criminal street gang.”

Police ask anyone with information on the incident to contact the department’s Gang Investigation Section at 562-570-7370. Anonymous tips may be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477)or by visiting www.crimestoppers.org.

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Crystal Niebla is the West Long Beach reporter through the Report for America program. Philanthropic organizations pledged to cover the local donor portion of her grant-funded position with the Post. If you want to support Crystal's work, you can donate to her Report For America position at lbpost.com/support.
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