Man fatally shot in vehicle in Central Long Beach

Long Beach police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead in a vehicle in Central Long Beach early this morning, officials said.

Officers were called to the area of 17th Street and Gaviota Avenue at about 12:30 a.m., when they found a man sitting inside a vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body, Lt. James Richardson said.

Officers tried to save the man, but by the time paramedics got there, they determined he was dead, he said.

The victim was later identified as 22-year-old Austin Thai from Gardena.

The suspect, a male, was last seen running from the location and detectives do not yet know the motive for the shooting, Richardson said.

Police ask that anyone with information on this incident to call homicide detectives Gamboa or Hubbard at 562-570-7244. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 800-222-8477 or by visiting

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with the victim’s name. 

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, 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, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.