Man shot during carjacking in Willmore area

Long Beach police are investigating a shooting that stemmed from a carjacking early this morning near Seventh Street and Cedar Avenue, officials said.

Police were called to the area at about 6 a.m. Sunday and determined the victim, a man, was shot during a struggle with two people while they were stealing his car, Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman Arantxa Chavarria said.

The victim suffered only a minor laceration to his upper body and took himself to a local hospital, she said.

The suspects are only described as a woman and a man, but one suspect is believed to be known to the victim, according to Chavarria.

Police suspect the incident is gang related and are still investigating. 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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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.