Window of vacant storefront shot out when suspect fires at group Downtown

A window of a vacant storefront was shot out early Sunday after an unknown suspect fired at a group of men in Downtown Long Beach, authorities said.

Police first discovered the damaged window, which belonged to an empty ground-floor commercial space with residential units above, when they were called to assist Long Beach fire personnel at Fourth Street and Pine Avenue at about 8:30 a.m., according to Long Beach police spokeswoman Karen Owens.

“Officers located a window that appeared to have been shot out at a vacant commercial building but had no information on when the possible shooting occurred,” Owens said.

Officers kept investigating and found surveillance footage that showed an unidentified male suspect shooting at a group of unidentified men at about 1:50 a.m. near Fifth Street and Pine Avenue, Owens said.

The victims fled on foot and the suspect fled in an unknown type of vehicle. No injuries were reported.

A motive for the shooting is unknown. The investigation is ongoing.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story and headline implied the entire building was vacant. The storefront on the ground floor was vacant. The residential units above it are not.

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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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