Police investigate 2 shootings Wednesday in Washington, Poly neighborhoods

Long Beach police are investigating two shootings in Long Beach Wednesday afternoon, including one that left a man in critical condition, they said.

In the first shooting, police were called to Seaside Park in the Washington neighborhood at 5 p.m. where they found a man with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper and lower body, according to Sgt. Rudy Garcia. They started rendering aid and then paramedics took the victim to a local hospital in critical condition.

The suspects, two men, were last seen running from the scene, Garcia said. Police do not yet know the motive for the shooting.

In the second incident, police were called to a local hospital after a shooting victim walked into the emergency room at about 5:45 p.m. Officers talked to the victim, a boy, who had a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his lower body and was in stable condition, Garcia said.

Officers learned he was a passenger in a vehicle that was driving in the 2100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in the Poly neighborhood, where the shooting possibly happened, he said.

Officials do not yet have any suspect information or a motive for that shooting. Police do not yet know if the two shootings are connected, Garcia said.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional information on a second shooting that happened around the same time.

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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.