2 men dead in double homicide along Anaheim Street in Long Beach, police say

Two men were killed today in a double shooting in Long Beach.

Officers were called at 12:15 a.m. to the 100 block of East Anaheim Street, which is near Locust Avenue, where they found the victims with multiple gunshot wounds to their upper bodies, said Lt. Shaleana Benson of the Long Beach Police Department.

The victims were taken to a hospital, where they died of their wounds, Benson said.

Jonathan Hernandez, a clerk on the nightshift at the nearby LBP Convenience Store said he was in the back of the store eating a pepperoni and cheese pizza when he heard the shots. “I heard the boom,” he said. When he came out, the area was already swarming with police officers.

The violent incident was a first for Hernandez, who was raised in North Long Beach and has been working at the store for three years. “I grew up here and I’ve never seen anybody get shot,” he said.

Police are still investigating the motive of of the shooting. No other details or suspect descriptions were available.

“We are canvassing the area for cameras to see if we can identify anyone. We have no motive for the shootings at this time,” Benson told City News Service.

Detective Ethan Shear and his partner were on the scene Thursday morning, speaking to potential witnesses. They were called in to assist with the investigation. “It’s pretty unusual,” Sheare said of the shooting that left two dead.

While double homicides are a fairly unusual occurrence in Long Beach, the number of shootings in the city has spiked several times over the past year, data collected by the Long Beach Post shows.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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Alena Maschke writes about all things business and beyond for the Long Beach Business Journal/Long Beach Post. Born and raised in Germany, she first fell in love with California during an exchange year at UCLA. After receiving her master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2017, she returned to the Golden State with an appetite for great stories, pupusas and the occasional Michelada.