Parked car shot near aquarium, motorist flees uninjured

A motorist drove away uninjured early Sunday after his vehicle was shot at while he was parked in a lot near the Aquarium of the Pacific in the city’s waterfront area, authorities said.

A short time later, the man flagged down police near 11th Street and Pine Avenue at about 4:35 a.m. and alerted them to the shooting, said Long Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer De Prez.

“Officers located evidence consistent with bullet impact on the victim’s vehicle,” De Prez said.

However, when police canvassed the reported shooting scene—a parking lot near Pierpoint Landing, at 200 Aquarium Way—they did not find evidence of a shooting, she said.

No injuries have been reported and no suspect information was available, De Prez said.

This is the second shooting to have reportedly taken place in the same area in recent weeks.

During an Aug. 18 shooting, a man and woman were wounded and three vehicles were damaged by gunfire.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.