Suspects arrested after shooting at 2 people, hitting car in Washington neighborhood, police say

Long Beach police locked down streets in the Washington neighborhood to search for two gunmen after they shot at two men Saturday morning.

The police were called to the 1400 block of Chestnut Avenue at about 8:20 a.m. after getting reports of shots fired, police spokeswoman Aranxta Chavarria said.

“Upon arrival officers contacted two males who stated being shot at by two male suspects,” Chavarria said.  “Neither victim was stuck by gunfire, and safety checks were conducted in the area.”

Police later found a car parked in the area had been hit, but no other injuries were reported. The gunmen fled before police got there. A neighbor said that he was inside getting ready for work when he heard about eight shots ring out.

After investigating, police learned that the shooting happened on Henderson Avenue near Cowles Street, a few blocks from where they were initially called.  Officers discovered the gunmen could possibly be hiding at a “nearby location,” Chavarria said.

Police set up a perimeter near 15th Street and Magnolia Avenue to call out the men from inside a home. One resident, George Ruiz, said he and his family were evacuated from their apartment complex around 10 a.m.

Multiple suspects exited the property and without incident, according to Chavarria. Police arrested a 17-year-old boy from Artesia on suspicion of attempted murder and is being held on no bail. They also arrested 25-year-old David Ramirez of Paramount on suspicion of attempted murder, ammunition on a person and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is being held on a $1 million bail.

After initiating a search warrant at the home, police found four guns and ammunition, Chavarria said.

She said the incident is being investigated as possibly gang-related and police are still investigating.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional information on the suspects. 

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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.
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