Man wounded in shooting Sunday night; police also investigating 2 other instances of gunfire

Long Beach police responded to three reports of gunfire Sunday night, one of which left a man hospitalized with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, according to authorities.

In that case, officers responded to a hospital in Lakewood at 8:35 p.m., spokesman Brandon Fahey said in an email. The male victim, who was hit in the lower body, said the shooting took place between 8 and 8:30 p.m. near 54th Street and Paramount Boulevard in North Long Beach, according to Fahey.

Two men reportedly exited a gray vehicle, approached the victim who was sitting in a parked car and opened fire, according to the department. The victim fled the scene in his car, police said.

Officers were unable to locate the crime scene but found evidence of a shooting while examining the victim’s car at the hospital, Fahey said.

Earlier in the evening, at 6:30 p.m., officers responded to the area of West Ninth Street and Nylic Court in the Willmore neighborhood regarding reports of a shooting. Fahey said officers located bullet casings and parked, unoccupied vehicles that had been struck by gunfire.

Through a preliminary investigation, the LBPD learned a man approached a group of people and shot at them. The group and suspect fled the scene before officers arrived, Fahey said. No injuries were reported.

At 3:30 a.m., LBPD also responded to the 1500 block of West 31st Street near Silverado Park in West Long Beach after reports of shots fired. Responding officers heard shots nearby and canvassed the area but did not locate any victims or suspects, Fahey said.

The person who reported the shots told police a man fired a gun into the air and fled, Fahey said. No injuries were reported.

The motives for the three shootings are unknown and investigations are ongoing.

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Brandon Richardson is a business reporter, covering everything from real estate and healthcare to the airport and port to city hall and the economy. He is a Long Beach native who has been with the Business Journal since graduating from Long Beach City College in spring 2016 with an associate’s degree in journalism. He is an avid record collector and concert goer.