Teenage boy wounded in drive-by shooting in Central Long Beach

A 16-year-old boy was hit by gunfire in a drive-by shooting in Central Long Beach Wednesday evening, police said.

Officers were first called to a local hospital at about 6:30 p.m. about the victim who had a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his lower body, spokeswoman Allison Gallagher said. He told officers he was standing outside in the area of 10th Street and Myrtle Avenue when someone drove by, fired shots and fled in an unknown vehicle, she said.

The victim did not cooperate more with police, but they found bullet casings in the area as well as vehicles and a building that had been hit by gunfire, Gallagher said.

No one else reported injuries and police do not have any suspect information or know the motive for the shooting.

This is the second time in a month that a teenage boy has been shot in Central Long Beach. On December, 14-year-old Arthur Touch was shot and killed in the street on 14th Street and St. Louis Avenue, a little over a mile away. Police arrested four men in connection to his death last week.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State 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 and two cats.