Shooting outside apartment complex leaves one man dead, another hospitalized, police say

One man is dead and another is in stable condition after they were shot in North Long Beach Wednesday night, according to police.

A spokesperson for the Long Beach Police Department said investigators believe the two victims were standing with other people in front of an apartment complex in the 5500 block of Ackerfield Avenue when a dark-colored sedan approached and someone inside the vehicle began shooting at the group. The vehicle fled the scene and was last seen traveling northbound toward South Street, according to police.

LBPD officers responded around 10:30 p.m. after getting reports about the gunshots.

The first officers who arrived found one man in front of the complex with at least one gunshot wound to the upper body who was given medical aid by Long Beach Fire Department personnel before being pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Authorities identified the man as 27-year-old Kenneth Cornett, a resident of Bell Gardens.

Another man with a gunshot wound to his lower body was transported to a local hospital in stable condition, according to police.

The spokesperson added that the shooting appears to be gang-related but the investigation is ongoing. The LBPD defines a gang-related crime as any crime committed “for the benefit of, at the direction of or in association with any criminal street gang.”

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Jason Ruiz covers City Hall and politics for the Long Beach Post.