Two men shot near Pine Avenue and PCH in separate incidents, police to enhance patrols in the area

Police are increasing patrols in the Washington neighborhood after two men were shot at separate times overnight in the area of Pacific Coast Highway and Pine Avenue, authorities said Saturday.

In the first incident, a local hospital called police to report a shooting victim at about 11:30 p.m. The victim, a man, had a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his upper body, police spokeswoman Jennifer De Prez said.

The victim told officers that he was shot several hours earlier in the area of Pacific Coast Highway and Pine Avenue, but was uncooperative during the preliminary investigation and gave limited information to police, De Prez said.

Officers searching the area the victim reported could not find evidence of a shooting, she said. There is no suspect description available and detectives are still investigating.

A few hours later, at 1:35 a.m., police were again called to the intersection of PCH and Pine Avenue about a shooting. There, they found a man with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his upper body, De Prez said. Paramedics took the victim to a local hospital.

The victim and witnesses were both uncooperative during the preliminary investigation, De Prez said. Officers found casings in the area, but there is no suspect description available, she said.

“At this time, there is no evidence indicating that these incidents are related,” De Prez said. “In addition, although Gang Investigations Detectives are handling the investigations, these are not believed to be gang-related at this time.”

Police do not know the motive for either shooting.

“In response to these incidents, the department will provide enhanced patrols in the area where these incidents took place and will have additional officers responding to calls for service,” De Prez said.

Police ask that anyone with information regarding either of the incidents to contact gang investigations at 562-570-7370. Anyone who wants to remain anonymous can call 1-800-222-TIPS.

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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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