Man shot while jogging near Orizaba Park, authorities say

A man was shot while jogging near Orizaba Park and taken to an area hospital to treat non-life-threatening wounds early Thursday morning, according to authorities.

A Long Beach Police Department spokesperson said officers were dispatched to the 2700 block of Spaulding Street in the city’s Zaferia neighborhood around 1:30 a.m. after a shooting was reported. The victim, who had gunshot wounds to his upper body, was taken to the hospital in stable condition, according to the spokesman, Brandon Fahey.

The victim told officers he was running near 14th Street and Temple Avenue when a car pulled in front of him and an unknown person exited the vehicle and shot him, Fahey said. The victim fled on foot for a few blocks to the area where officers ultimately found him.

Fahey said that strike marks and bullet casings were found at the scene but the motive for the shooting is unknown and the investigation is ongoing.

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Jason Ruiz has been covering City Hall for the Post for nearly a decade. A Long Beach resident, Ruiz graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a degree in journalism. He and his wife Kristina and, most importantly, their dog Mango, live in Long Beach. He is a particularly avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the UCLA Bruins, which is why he sometimes comes to work after the weekend in a grumpy mood.