A man was stabbed to death during a fight in the Belmont Shore area of Long Beach Sunday night, police said.
The fight was reported at 8:46 p.m. Sunday in the 3900 block of East Ocean Boulevard, said Long Beach Police spokesman Brandon Fahey in a statement. According to Fahey, the incident occurred in the parking lot of a food establishment. The only food establishment located in the 3900 block of East Ocean Boulevard is Jack in the Box on the corner of Ocean Boulevard and Termino Ave.
When officers arrived, Long Beach Fire Department personnel were already on scene and rendering aid to a male adult victim suffering from apparent stab wounds to the upper body, plaice said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Fahey.
Homicide detectives arrived at the scene and learned that the victim was involved in a physical altercation with two male, adult suspects that escalated to the victim being battered and stabbed multiple times, according to a LBPD press release. The suspects fled the scene on foot prior to the officer’s arrival, police said.
A motive for the stabbing is unknown and the investigation is ongoing, police said.
The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification to the next of kin by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office.
The stabbing comes just a couple days after LBPD announced that they would increase their presence around business and entertainment districts throughout the city, including Belmont Shore, following a robbery at a jewelry shop on Second Street Saturday afternoon.
Belmont Shore has experienced relatively low levels of crime this year compared to other areas in Downtown, West, Central and North LB.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact LBPD Homicide Detectives Eric Thai or Michael Hutchinson at 562-570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smartphone or by visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.