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A man was taken to the hospital after a small group of people attacked him after an argument in Central Long Beach Wednesday night, according to authorities.

The man had been arguing with a group of about three people who were near a convenience store at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue shortly before 9:45 p.m., witnesses told police.

“The victim left the location and was followed by the subjects to the south-west corner, where they proceeded to assault him,” Long Beach police spokeswoman Nancy Pratt said.

When officers got there, they found the 31-year-old man on the ground, according to police.

Paramedics took him to the hospital for treatment, but he refused to cooperate with police investigators, according to Pratt.

Jeremiah Dobruck is managing editor of the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] or @jeremiahdobruck on Twitter.