Wounded man crashes after he’s hit by gunfire from another vehicle, police say

A man was in critical condition after being shot while driving in North Long Beach on Tuesday evening, officials said.

Few details were immediately available, but police said the gunfire apparently broke out between two cars that were traveling north on Cherry Avenue from Rogers Street shortly before 5:20 p.m., police spokeswoman Allison Gallagher said.

Detectives are still trying to determine if the occupants of both vehicles were firing shots at each other or if the gunfire came from only one, Gallagher said.

Either way, the gunfire hit the driver in one vehicle, and his car crashed after about a block, near 56th Street and Cherry Avenue, according to police. Inside the car, police found the man with gunshot wounds to his upper body and paramedics rushed him to the hospital, Gallagher said.

Police aren’t sure yet if anyone else was in the victim’s car because a crowd had already formed around the vehicle by the time officers arrived, according to Gallagher.

The other vehicle was last seen heading westbound on 56th Street, she said. Police said they do not yet have any suspect description or a possible motive for the shooting.

Both sides of Cherry Avenue from South Street to Market Street were shut down while police investigated.

This shooting happened about a mile from another shooting Monday afternoon that left a man in critical but stable condition. Police arrested the suspect in that incident after he turned himself in.

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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 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.