Authorities are investigating a pair shootings that happened a few miles from each other in he span of about 25 minutes this morning near the Long Beach-Paramount border.
Detectives are trying to determine if the same group is responsible for both attacks.
The first shooting happened around 1 a.m. on Rosecrans Avenue near the Los Angeles River, which is in Paramount, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
In that case, the victim was walking when two male suspects approached him, sheriff’s Sgt. Edward McDonald said. There was some kind of confrontation and the suspects opened fire, he said.
The victim was rushed to the hospital after someone found him, according to McDonald, who said the victim was in surgery Thursday morning, so investigators haven’t been able to find out much more from him.
The next shooting happened about 25 minutes later just on the other side of Paramount’s border with Long Beach. In that case, the victims were able to escape unharmed, according to the Long Beach Police Department.
LBPD Lt. Melvin McGuire said a group of three men, at least one of whom had a handgun, walked up to a pair of men closing an auto-body shop near Paramount Boulevard and 67th Street.
There didn’t appear to be any type of confrontation, but the victims decided to avoid the men, according to McGuire.
As one victim went back into the shop and the other drove away, the attackers opened fire but missed hitting anyone, McGuire said.
The suspects were gone when police arrived, he said.
The two shootings may be related, but investigators are still trying to figure that out.
“The suspect descriptions were similar,” McGuire said.
Authorities haven’t publicly released a more detailed description of the shooters.
Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor of the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] or @jeremiahdobruck on Twitter.
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