Shooting wounds man in Bixby Knolls; police suspect road rage

Long Beach police were investigating a shooting in Bixby Knolls that may have been the result of road rage this evening, authorities said.

The gunfire left a man wounded, but he didn’t cooperate with police after a third party took him to the hospital, Long Beach police spokeswoman Arantxa Chavarria said.

“The victim is not cooperating with our investigation so no suspect(s) information is known at this time,” Chavarria said.

Police learned of the shooting when someone who heard the shots called officers to Orange Avenue near San Antonio Drive around 5:30 p.m. Officers at the scene were examining a bus shelter with shattered glass.

Taylor Vigil, who moved to Bixby Knolls a few months ago, said he was watching a TED Talk when “all of a sudden I heard pop and then pop, pop, pop.” He estimated there were seven or eight shots.

It wasn’t immediately clear how badly the victim was wounded.

Editor’s note: This story was updated with more information from police.

Police had cordoned off the shooting scene in Bixby Knolls. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Police had cordoned off the shooting scene in Bixby Knolls. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

The shooting happened on Orange Avenue near San Antonia Drive. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

The shooting happened on Orange Avenue near San Antonia Drive. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

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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.
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