Man shot after argument in Central Long Beach parking lot

A man was shot after a verbal argument with two other men in Central Long Beach early Sunday, according to authorities who are investigating the incident as gang-related.

Officials said that officers were near Anaheim Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue at about 3 a.m. when they heard what they believed to be a gunshot.

They found a man with a gunshot wound to his upper body in a nearby parking lot, according to Long Beach police spokeswoman Arantxa Chavarria.

Paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, she said.

“Through their preliminary investigation officers believe the victim was involved in a verbal argument with two other male adults when the shooting occurred,” Chavarria said.

The suspects fled the scene before police arrived and no description is available at this time, according to Chavarria.

The LBPD defines gang-related crimes as any crime committed “for the benefit of, at the direction of or in association with any criminal street gang.”

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015.