Long Beach police were investigating two separate shootings that occurred Friday night and Saturday morning.
On Friday, officers responded to reports of shots fired in the 1700 block of E. 17th Street in Central Long Beach, police said.
Officers didn’t find any shooting victims but they did find bullet casings and several unoccupied vehicles were struck by gunfire, police said. Three firearms were left at the scene and were recovered by officers, according to police. The incident is being investigated as possibly gang-related and officers are attempting to locate witnesses and video evidence, police said.
The LBPD defines gang-related crimes as any crime committed “for the benefit of, at the direction of or in association with any criminal street gang.”
On Saturday morning, officers heard shots being fired near their location at 56th and Lime Avenue in North Long Beach and began canvassing the area, police said.
They located two juveniles who stated that an unknown suspect fired shots from his vehicle at their vehicle in the area of 56th and Orange Avenue and fled the area, police said.
Neither of the victims, or their vehicle, were struck by the gunfire, according to police, and officers found bullet casings in the area.
The investigations are ongoing, according to police.
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