After hearing gunshots outside, man accidentally shoots himself, police say

A man was hospitalized Thursday evening after he accidentally shot himself while retrieving a gun inside his North Long Beach home, authorities said

Officers responded around 7:45 p.m. to a local hospital after the man checked in with a gunshot wound, according to the Long Beach Police Department. The man told officers that about an hour and a half earlier he was inside his home near the 100 block of West 49th Street when he heard gunshots coming from outside, the LBPD said.

When he retrieved his rifle, the weapon discharged and struck him in the lower body, according to the LBPD. The man transported himself to the hospital where he was treated for injuries that weren’t life-threatening, authorities said,

Back at his home, police found evidence—including casings—that indicated a shooting had happened outside, as the man suspected, police said. No other injuries were reported.

The motive for the shooting is unknown, and there is no suspect information, police said. An investigation is ongoing, according to police.

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