Robbers shoot man in Downtown when he tries to run away, police say

A pair of robbers shot and wounded a man who tried to run from them in Downtown Long Beach early Thursday morning, according to police.

The two men tried to rob their victim on a sidewalk near Third Street and Pine Avenue around 2 a.m., Long Beach police spokesman Carlos Sandoval said. They approached him and demanded he hand over some property, according to police.

“As the victim fled, one of the suspects pointed a gun at him and shot him,” Sandoval said.

Someone quickly flagged down police officers, but the suspects were already gone, police said.

Medics took the wounded man to the hospital where he’s expected to survive, Sandoval said. He was shot in the upper body, according to police.

Police asked anyone with information about what happed to call detectives at 562-570-7068. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS or visiting

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children, Paul and Simon.