Victim in deadly shooting was 14-year-old boy, coroner says

Authorities today identified a 14-year-old boy as the person who collapsed on a Central Long Beach street and died Wednesday after apparently being shot.

Police learned of the shooting after paramedics were called to the 1400 block of St. Louis Avenue just before 8:50 p.m. Wednesday. Someone reported there was “a male who fell and appeared to be injured in the street,” police said.

When medics arrived, they found the boy in the street near 14th Street with apparent gunshot wounds to his upper body, according to the LBPD.

Dispatchers got no calls about gunshots in that area prior to the victim being found, police spokeswoman Allison Gallagher said. It’s unclear if he was shot elsewhere.

The 14-year-old, identified as Arthur Touch, of Long Beach, died at the scene, authorities said.

Police have not determined what led to the shooting, which was being investigated as gang-related.

The LBPD defines gang-related crimes as any crime committed “for the benefit of, at the direction of or in association with any criminal street gang.”

No arrests have been reported, and no description has been released of a suspect or suspects.

Police ask that anyone with information about this incident call detectives Oscar Valenzuela or Eric Thai at 562-570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 800-222-8477 or by visiting 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.
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