17-year-old dead after double shooting in Cambodia Town

A 17-year-old boy was playing video games in a friend’s garage when someone opened fire from a car, killing him Thursday afternoon in Cambodia Town, according to a witness.

“It was just senseless; it came out of nowhere,” the woman said. She asked not to be named because she lives nearby and the attackers have not been caught.

A 34-year-old woman was also hit in the leg by the bullets. A man pushed her to the ground as the gun emerged from the car, two witnesses said.

Police said the violence began around 5:15 p.m., which is when they got a call about shots fired near Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and 11th Street, Long Beach police Lt. James Richardson said.

Police cordoned off the area around Lewis Avenue and 11th Street after a double shooting on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. Photo by Valerie Osier.

Police cordoned off the area around Lewis Avenue and 11th Street after a double shooting on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. Photo by Valerie Osier.

The victims were in a garage that faces an alley between MLK and Lewis avenues when a car pulled up and the people inside started shooting, Richardson said.

When police arrived, the found the boy in the alley with a gunshot wound to his upper body, authorities said.

He and the woman were rushed to the hospital where the teenager died, according to the department. Both are Long Beach residents. The woman is expected to recover.

“He was a good kid,” the witness said of the boy who died. He was friends with a boy who lives at the house, she said.

Police said they don’t know the motive for the shooting at this point, and they haven’t publicly identified the boy who was shot.

Leftover crime scene tape on 12th Street and Lewis Avenue near where a 17-year-old boy and a 34-year-old woman were shot in a garage on February 28, 2019. Photo by Valerie Osier.

The car is believed to be a light four-door sedan that was headed eastbound in the alley. It’s unclear how many people were inside.

A few hours later, there was a another shooting a little more than a mile away, but it’s unclear if the two had anything to do with each other.

The second bout of gunfire broke out around 9:50 p.m. near 20th Street and Long Beach Boulevard, Richardson said.

A man was hit in the upper body and taken to a local hospital, but he’s expected to survive, according to police.

Editor’s note: This story was updated Friday with more details from police and witnesses.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.