Man chased down, shot to death on Long Beach street, relative says

Gunmen chased a 38-year-old man and shot him to death on the street near his home in Long Beach Thursday night, according to relatives and neighbors.

Police said the shooting happened around 9:45 p.m. on Elm Avenue at Eagle Street, which is several blocks south of Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Authorities identified the victim as Antonio Macias but said he was 39.

Tearful family members stood in the street Friday morning where they left flowers on the corner and lit candles. Macias’ brother crossed his arms and stared with watery eyes at the makeshift memorial.

Macias’ cousin, who asked not to be named, said several men got out of a car and started chasing Macias. He tried to get away from them on his bicycle before they shot him in the head, according to the cousin.

Tearful relatives and neighbors stood mostly silent near where the man was gunned down. Photo by Jeremiah Dobruck.

Neighbor Roland Ortega said he and his spouse heard the shots followed by shouting. He went outside to see the victim lying in a pool of blood near the street corner.

Ortega said he recognized Macias, who he’d sometimes see hanging out in the alley in the early morning hours.

Macias lived with his brother just a few houses down, rode his bike everywhere and sometimes would help out his brother who works as a gardener, Ortega said.

“It kind of shook me up a little bit,” said another neighbor, Curt Charles, who said Macias had always been a respectful neighbor.

Charles said a car full of people had chased Macias before. Months ago, he saw Macias with his bike fleeing from them after they pulled up to him on a nearby street corner.

“It was something that was ongoing it seems like,” Charles said.

Relatives and neighbors said Macias had a wife and three kids.

Police said they have not made any arrests. They don’t have a description of any suspects or confirmation of any possible motive at this point.

“Any relationship between the victim and suspect(s) is not known,” police said in a statement. “Detectives are working diligently to gather additional information, which is currently being investigated as possibly gang related.”

“Gang related” means Long Beach police suspect a crime was committed “for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with any criminal street gang.”

Police asked anyone with information to contact detectives Don Collier or Mark Mattia at 562-570-7244. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS or visiting lacrimestoppers.org.

Editor’s note: This story was updated with the victim’s name and other details from police.

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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, Paul and Simon.
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