Man found shot to death on Atlantic Avenue

Homicide detectives are investigating after a man was found shot to death late this morning near the Compton-Long Beach border.

The man’s body was in the roadway underneath a freeway overpass on Atlantic Avenue near Sportsman Drive, which is a small portion of Atlantic that runs between the Los Angeles River and the 710 Freeway just outside of Long Beach’s northern city limits.

He was discovered around 11:40 a.m. after authorities got a call about an “assault with a deadly weapon, gunshot victim,” according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The man was only identified as Hispanic and in his 30’s and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities do not yet know if the shooting is gang related, according to LASD, and they did not have any more information available.

As of 4 p.m., sheriff’s deputies were redirecting cars away from the industrial area at Sportsman Drive, where a handful of Auto Repair shops sit.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional information from the Sheriff’s Department.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.
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