Driver crashes while fleeing from gunman, Long Beach police say

A carful of three men crashed into another vehicle while they tried to get away from a man who brandished a gun at them Sunday evening, according to Long Beach police.

In the process, the two cars and two nearby buildings ended up peppered with gunfire, and police say they’re looking for the shooter or shooters.

The incident began around 7:45 p.m. near Gaviota Avenue and 10th Street, according to police. That’s where a suspect with a group of men first brandished a firearm at the three men who soon fled in the car, according to police.

Despite the ensuing gunfire, no injuries were reported, according to the LBPD. Police said they did not have any further information on the man accused of brandishing the gun or any other potential suspects. It wasn’t clear how many people opened fire.

The shooting is being investigated as gang-related, police said. The LBPD defines gang-related crime as any crime committed “for the benefit of, at the direction of or in association with any criminal street gang.”

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