Long Beach man dies after shooting at illegal gambling ring on Pacific Coast Highway

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 Walnut Avenue, 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.

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Kelly Puente is a general assignment and special projects reporter at the Long Beach Post. Her prolific reporting has taken her all over Southern California—even to the small Catalina Island town of Two Harbors. She is a Tiki mug collector and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and administration at Cal State Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected].
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