Man shot in front of church in North Long Beach

Long Beach police are investigating a shooting that wounded one person in front of a church on the corner of Pine Avenue and Market Street this evening.

Dispatchers received a call from a person who reported that a “friend” was shot and officers arrived at the scene at about 6:30 p.m., police spokeswoman Arantxa Chavarria said.

Neighbors said they heard four gunshots. Some assumed they were fireworks at first.

The officers found a wounded man who was unconscious, Chavarria said. Paramedics transported him to a local hospital. It’s unclear how badly the victim was injured, but he is alive, police said Wednesday.

“The initial investigation revealed two male adult suspects fled in a four-door sedan,” Chavarria said.

Police are investigating a shooting that injured one person in North Long Beach on May 7, 2019. Photo by Valerie Osier.

Two bicycles, one red and one silver, were left in the street, along with some clothing and a shoe, as officers secured the scene and talked to witnesses.

A man at the scene said the victim was his nephew but declined to provide any more details.

Detectives are investigating the incident as gang related, a spokesperson for the police department said. 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.”

Market Street between Pine Avenue and Locust Avenue was closed Tuesday night.

Editor’s note: This story was updated Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. to add additional information from police.

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, 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, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.