Long Beach police were investigating two stabbings calls and one shooting call that occurred Friday night and early Saturday morning. The incidents left a total of three people injured, with one in critical condition, police said.
Friday night, at about 9:30, officers were dispatched to a shooting call near Drake Park. When officers arrived, they found a man with a gunshot wound to the upper torso, police said. He was transported to a local hospital in critical condition, according to police.
Through a preliminary investigation, officers determined that the victim was standing on the sidewalk when he was approached by several men who shot at him and fled the scene, police said. The motive is unknown but is possibly gang-related, according to the LBPD.
Long Beach police define “gang-related” crime as any crime “committed for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with any criminal street gang.”
Later Friday night, at approximately 11:50, officers were sent to a local hospital to meet with a possible stabbing victim, police said. Officers met a woman who stated she was in the area of Cherry Avenue and Harding Street when she got into a verbal dispute with another woman, which escalated to the suspect stabbing the victim, according to police.
The victim self-transported herself to a local hospital with non-life-threatening stab wounds to the upper and lower torso, the LBPD said.
The victim would not provide additional information about the location of the stabbing or suspect description, police said.
Early Saturday, at about 1:35 a.m., officers responded to a local hospital regarding a possible stabbing victim, police said.
Officers met with a man who stated he was walking in the area of Del Amo Boulevard and Long Beach Boulevard when a vehicle approached him, police said.
Several men exited the vehicle and began to physically assault and stab the victim, police said. The victim self-transported himself to a local hospital with non-life-threatening stab wounds to the upper torso, according to police, and at this time, the motive is unknown.