Man fatally shot in Washington neighborhood after verbal altercation, police say

A man was fatally shot in the Washington neighborhood Tuesday night after a verbal altercation resulted in a shooting, according to authorities.

Long Beach Police Department officers responded to the area of 14th Street and Cedar Avenue around 9:40 p.m. to a report of gunfire and found another witness that notified them of a man down two blocks north near Pacific Avenue and 15th Street, police said.

There, officers found a man with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper and lower body and rendered aid until Long Beach Fire Department personnel were able to transport the man to a local hospital where he later died.

The man has not been identified but police said that he appeared to be a man in his 30s.

Police said that they had initially stopped a car of interest but it was later determined that the person inside the vehicle was not involved in the shooting. The suspect was last seen entering the passenger side of a newer sedan that was last seen heading north on Pacific Avenue from 15 Street, police said.

The motive for the shooting is not known at this time but police said that it is being investigated as gang-related.

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.”

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Jason Ruiz has been covering City Hall for the Post for nearly a decade. A Long Beach resident, Ruiz graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a degree in journalism. He and his wife Kristina and, most importantly, their dog Mango, live in Long Beach. He is a particularly avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the UCLA Bruins, which is why he sometimes comes to work after the weekend in a grumpy mood.
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