Woman wounded when gunman opens fire on car near Washington Middle School

Police are looking for whoever shot at two women, wounding one of them, while they were in a car near Washington Middle School late Tuesday night, according to authorities.

Long Beach police got a call after someone heard the gunfire around 11:25 p.m., department spokesman Ben Hearst said.

He said officers couldn’t find anyone hit by the gunfire at the scene, but they found shell casings on Cedar Avenue near 14th Street.

“Ten minutes later two victims arrived at a local hospital; one of the victims was struck in the lower torso by gunfire,” according to Hearst.

The woman who’d been shot was in stable condition and is expected to survive her wounds, Hearst said.

Police said they believe the shooting was gang-related, but they did not have any information on possible suspects or a motive.

They asked anyone with info to contact investigators at 562-570-7370 or submit an anonymous tip through L.A. Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS or visiting lacrimestoppers.org.

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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.