The Sheriff’s Department said deputies found the victim lying in the street with a gunshot wound to his upper body around 1 a.m.
Police released photos of the car they say hit Jere Whitney, a 78-year-old grandmother who was a writer and well-liked volunteer at the Long Beach Playhouse.
LAPD officers chased two suspects into Long Beach before the pursuit ended with a crash near Locust Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway, police said.
The victim told police he was walking when another man tried to talk to him. When he kept walking, the suspect fired at him but missed, police said.
“The court found the witness to be extremely credible and brave,” Long Beach Superior Court Judge Daniel J. Lowenthal said of the girl’s testimony.
Police believe the shooter followed the victim into an apartment complex on 17th Street near Long Beach Boulevard and then opened fire.
The death was under investigation as an apparent suicide, the coroner’s office said.
The incident is being investigated as a homicide until that possibility is ruled out, which could end with the death being ruled a suicide, the CHP said.
In addition to seizing illegal fireworks, police also made a total of 38 arrests and issued 15 citations. While the number of arrests is on par with the previous year, arrests have gone up significantly from a total of 23 in 2020.
Three of the seven people were left with critical injuries after the crash at Anaheim Street and Ximeno Avenue, police said.