Two separate shootings Saturday night are the latest in weekend uptick; detectives investigating

A pair of shootings in different parts of Long Beach Saturday night left two men injured and detectives scrambling to determine if there is any relation between these and four other shootings that took place throughout the city over the weekend.

“Detectives and patrol resources are working together and sharing information in an effort to solve these incidents and to prevent further occurrences,” Lt. James Richardson said. “The shootings from the weekend will be investigated and detectives will look to see if any of them are related.”

The latest reported shootings both happened within an hour of each other on Saturday, May 11.

At 9:10 p.m., officers responded to a shooting in the 200 block of East Artesia Boulevard, just east of Long Beach Boulevard, in North Long Beach.

During their investigation, police found evidence of a shooting and were advised that the victim had taken himself to a local hospital with gunshot wounds to his upper torso, according to Richardson. He was in stable condition.

At 9:50 p.m., police responded to a shooting in the 900 block of Daisy Avenue in the Willmore neighborhood, just north of Downtown.

Officers located a man with a gunshot wound to his lower torso and fire personnel were able to treat him at the scene. His injuries were not considered life-threatening, Richardson said.

Gang detectives responded to both incidents.

These incidents marked the fifth and sixth shootings this weekend, beginning with a shooting at a bar just north of Bixby Knolls Friday night that left one man injured. Gang detectives also responded to the scene. That incident was quickly followed by another shooting in Central Long Beach.

On Saturday, an argument between two men in the Willmore neighborhood—also on Daisy Avenue—resulted in a shooting that caused some damage to a building and unoccupied vehicle, mid-day.

In the evening, three men were taken to local hospitals after multiple shots were fired outside a party in North Long Beach. Gang detectives were called to that incident, also.

News of the uptick in shootings left community members speculating online whether any of the incidents were gang retaliations or initiations.

Resident Josephine Villasenor, who is the Wrigley Community Watch commander, cautioned community members online about slow-moving vehicles passing by twice and urged the public to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity to police.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.
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