A man died early Tuesday morning after being shot in North Long Beach, police said.
The shooting occurred sometime before 12:44 a.m. in the 400 block of South Street, an area east of DeForest Park.
Officers arrived shortly after and found a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body, according to the Long Beach Police Department. The man, who was said to be in his 20s, was transferred by the Long Beach Fire Department to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries, according to the LBPD.
Police say the victim was approached by an unknown number of suspects when they began arguing. The argument escalated into a fight that culminated with the victim being shot multiple times in the upper body.
The LBPD could not confirm how many people were involved in the fight, but no arrests were made as only the victim was located at the scene of where the shooting happened.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office is working on identifying the victim and notifying the next of kin, police said.
The motive for the shooting appears to be gang-related, according to the LBPD, which defines “gang-related” crime as any crime “committed for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with any criminal street gang.”
At least 14 murders have been reported so far this year by the LBPD compared to last year when there were six reported murders by the end of March, according to department statistics.
This story was updated with more information from the Long Beach Police Department.