Man killed in front of Long Beach laundromat, police say

Police have identified a Los Angeles man that was shot to death in front of a Long Beach laundromat Thursday night.

Gaylon Bolton, 33, was killed in front of the business in the 600 block of East Burnett Street, just off Atlantic Avenue, police said.

When officers arrived at the scene shortly after 9:45 p.m., they found Bolton suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body, LBPD said. Officers attempted CPR until the Long Beach Fire Department arrived and pronounced him dead at the scene, according to the LBPD.

“The investigation is preliminary and information is limited,” police said in a statement. “Homicide detectives remain committed to collecting all evidence which will help them identify a suspect in this shooting.”

No suspect information is known at the time, said police, who are also trying to understand a motive.

Police closed off a small area stretching from the 600 block of East Burnett Street to Lime Avenue Thursday night as they investigated the shooting, using their flashlights to search around the neighborhood. Homicide detectives also arrived at the scene.

An hour after the shooting, Bolton’s body was still on the sidewalk in front of the business as officers worked to lay out evidence markers and neighbors gathered outside, wondering why 13 police cars had swarmed their local laundromat.

Some neighbors said they’d heard 10 rounds being fired off, followed by the sound of police sirens.

Residents of the area were hesitant to speak about what they heard or saw, saying they feared being retaliated against.

“I don’t need my son getting shot,” one man said, irate.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with more information from police.

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Fernando Haro is the Long Beach Post's breaking news and public safety reporter.
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