Police discover ‘possibly gang-related’ shooting victim during traffic stop

A Long Beach Police officer discovered a man had been shot during a traffic stop on Friday night, authorities said.

An officer tried pulling a driver over who was driving his vehicle erratically around 11 p.m. When the driver pulled into a local hospital’s parking lot, the officer discovered the passenger had a gunshot wound in his torso.

The victim was treated immediately and the injury appeared to be non-life threatening, according to police.

Officers determined the victim was shot in the area of 14th Street and Rose Avenue, near Cambodia Town, and are investigating the shooting as possibly gang-related, authorities said.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to call the Gang Enforcement Section at (562) 570-7370.  Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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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.