Man hit by apparently stray gunfire while in his own backyard, police say

A man was wounded when a nearby argument ended in gunfire Tuesday night in Long Beach’s Willmore neighborhood, police said.

The victim was in his backyard on Cedar Avenue near 10th Street around 8 p.m. when he overheard an argument coming from the nearby alley followed by what he presumed to be gunfire, LBPD spokesman Richard Mejia said in an email.

“This resulted in the victim being shot in the lower torso,” Mejia said.

The wound was minor, and Long Beach Fire Department medics were able to treat the victim at the scene, according to Mejia.

Officers canvased the area and found bullet casings and strike marks, but the shooter fled before police arrived, according to Mejia.

“No motive nor additional suspect information is available,” Mejia said.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.