Man wounded in midday shooting at MacArthur Park

Long Beach police are investigating a shooting that left one man wounded in MacArthur Park next to the Homeland Cultural Center on Thursday afternoon.

Officers arrived at the scene at about 12:10 p.m. and found a man with non-life threatening gunshot wounds to his lower body, police spokeswoman Jennifer De Prez said. Paramedics took the victim to a local hospital in stable condition.

Witnesses said they heard multiple gunshots ring out from the park area. One man’s truck that was parked across the street was hit by a bullet.

Another man, Tony Gonzalez, was sitting in his car outside a clinic across the street when he heard at least four gunshots. His friend, who was inside the clinic, called him and said there was a shooting across the street.

“I heard the bangs, but I didn’t know what it was. … I thought they were doing construction somewhere around here, like using a nail gun,” Gonzalez said.

He lives nearby and said he hasn’t heard of any shootings during the day like this. “At noon! What the heck is going on?” he explained.

Seila Tes said through a translator that she was sitting near the library and saw three or four people running and heard the gunshots. She said she saw the gunfire hit a man in the lower stomach area.

Police said the suspects are described only as three men and they are still outstanding. Detectives also do not yet know a motive for the shooting, but the investigation is ongoing, De Prez said.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State 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 and two cats.
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