A total of three people were left injured Friday night and early Saturday morning following a shooting and two stabbings in separate parts of the city, Long Beach police said.
The shooting happened in the outskirts of Downtown Friday at about 7:15 p.m. Police received a call about person who was shot in the area of the 1000 block of Myrtle Avenue, police said.
Before officers arrived, a man with a gunshot wound to his lower extremities was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive, authorities said. The victim was only described as a 31-year-old man, police said.
At the scene of the crime, police found an unoccupied car and a residential building that had been hit by gunfire. People were inside the building, but no one else was injured, police said.
Investigators believe the victim was in front of the residence when a person inside a dark-colored SUV vehicle fired gunshots at him. The assailant’s vehicle fled westbound from the area, police said.
Authorities said the motive for the shooting is believed to be gang-related, which the LBPD defines as any crime “committed for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with any criminal street gang.”
Later that night at approximately 8:30 p.m., officers responded to the area of Pacific Coast Highway and Golden Avenue regarding a call about a stabbing victim, police said.
Officers found a 25-year-old man with stab wounds to his upper body. The Long Beach Fire Department transported the victim to a local hospital, and he was expected to survive, according to police.
The man told officers he was on the bike path in the area of Pacific Coast Highway and Golden Avenue when another man approached him, police said. They engaged in a brief conversation, and when the victim walked away, the man stabbed him, according to the LBPD.
The victim fled the area on foot. The motive for the stabbing is still unclear, according to investigators.
A second call about a stabbing came in at about 1 a.m. Saturday, police said. Officers arrived to a local hospital to speak with a 27-year-old man who had stab wounds to his lower body, police said.
The man told police he was walking with a 23-year-old woman in the 200 block of Pine Avenue when they were both involved in a physical altercation with a group of people, according to the LBPD.
Police had few details; they said the man and woman were “uncooperative.”
Investigators said the motive for the stabbing is still unclear.