A 49-year-old Long Beach man has died after he was shot early Thursday at an illegal gambling establishment on Pacific Coast Highway, police said.
An officer was on routine patrol at 1:05 a.m. Thursday when the officer spotted a crowd of people gathered on the sidewalk in the 1500 block of West Pacific Coast Highway, just west of of the 710 Freeway, where a man had been shot, police said.
The victim, identified as Johnny Akins, suffered gunshot wounds to his upper and lower torso and was rushed to a nearby hospital. Police said the injuries were non-life-threatening, but on Friday, Atkins died from unknown causes. An autopsy is pending.
No suspect description was available. Police said Akins was shot while he was inside the illegal gambling establishment. Police found evidence of the shooting, along with several illegal gambling machines, authorities said.
Anyone with information is urged to call Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detectives Oscar Valenzuela or Sean Magee at (562) 570-7244. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify the location of the shooting.
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