Man in critical condition after being shot in North Long Beach

An 18-year-old man is in critical condition after he was shot in North Long Beach Wednesday evening.

The victim sustained a gunshot wound to the upper body and was transported to a local hospital in critical but stable condition, Long Beach police said Thursday morning.

Officers arrived at the scene in the 1100 block of Via Wanda at approximately 8:40 p.m. Wednesday night, where they found the injured victim as well as bullet casings. The shooter had fled the scene, and the motive is unknown, police said.

According to police, the victim has not been cooperating with investigators.

Anyone who has information regarding the incident is asked to contact Gang Investigation Section at (562) 570-7370. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smart phone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting  

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Alena Maschke writes about all things business and beyond for the Long Beach Business Journal/Long Beach Post. Born and raised in Germany, she first fell in love with California during an exchange year at UCLA. After receiving her master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2017, she returned to the Golden State with an appetite for great stories, pupusas and the occasional Michelada.