Man shot to death in front of 7-year-old son on Father’s Day, Long Beach police say

A 30-year-old man was shot inside his vehicle Sunday night while his 7-year-old son was in the car, police say.

Police said the shooting happened around 8:45 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Anaheim Street and Roswell Avenue while 30-year-old Leevi Matuni Maseuli of Palmdale was sitting in his vehicle. When officers arrived, they found Maseuli suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body. He was taken to the hospital where he later died, police said.

Masueli’s 7-year-old son was a passenger in the vehicle when the shooting occurred, police say. He was not hit by gunfire, but he was taken to the hospital with minor non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

“To commit such a heinous crime in any circumstance is unacceptable, but to do so on Father’s Day in front of the victim’s child is even more disgraceful,” Police Chief Wally Hebeish said in a statement. “This blatant disregard for our community will not go unanswered and our investigators are working diligently to identify anyone involved in the victim’s death.”

Police said Masueli’s son was released from the hospital and reunited with his mother shortly after the shooting. Emotional support services were offered to the family of the victim, according to police.

“No child should ever have to endure an experience like this and I am asking the public to please speak up with any information, no matter how small, that could help us find those responsible for this callous act of violence,” Hebeish said.

Police have not determined a motive for the shooting and no suspect description is available at this time.

The LBPD asked anyone with information to contact Detectives Michael Hubbard and Jesus Espinoza at 562-570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app or visiting lacrimestoppers.org.

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Laura Anaya-Morga is a general assignment reporter for the Long Beach Post.
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