Two arrested in East Long Beach shooting that left teenager wounded, police say

A 17-year-old drove himself to a local hospital Tuesday night after being shot near an East Long Beach hotel in an incident that police are investigating as gang-related, authorities said.

Long Beach police officers responded around 6:14 p.m. to a shooting in the 2600 block of Lakewood Boulevard in East Long Beach. The shooting occurred in an area north of Willow Street where a Chevron gas station and a Holiday Inn hotel are located just blocks from the LBPD East Division station, police said.

LBPD officers found bullet casings at the scene and learned that the victim had driven himself to a hospital with a gunshot wound to his upper body, according to police. The unidentified man is in stable condition.

After a short foot-pursuit, LBPD officers arrested a 15-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man who police suspect are linked to the shooting. The 15-year-old was not identified because he is a juvenile; the 20-year-old was identified as Earl Stanley Tate, a resident of Los Angeles.

Tate was arrested and booked on suspicion of a parole violation and is being held without bail, according to police. Officers recovered two guns during their initial investigation and gang detectives are continuing to investigate, police said.

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Jason Ruiz has been covering City Hall for the Post for nearly a decade. A Long Beach resident, Ruiz graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a degree in journalism. He and his wife Kristina and, most importantly, their dog Mango, live in Long Beach. He is a particularly avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the UCLA Bruins, which is why he sometimes comes to work after the weekend in a grumpy mood.