One shot, one arrested in string of overnight shootings, police say

Authorities are investigating three separate shootings in Long Beach Saturday evening and into Sunday morning, including one in which a person was hospitalized with gunshot wounds, police said.

At around 1:40 a.m. Sunday morning, officers were dispatched to a local hospital to meet with a 28-year-old gunshot victim, who was suffering from wounds to the lower body, police said.

Police said that the victim was “uncooperative” and would not tell authorities where the shooting occurred or give any suspect information.

Police have not yet identified a motive for the shooting.

Man arrested

In a separate incident at about 11 p.m. Saturday, police said a man shot at a 19-year-old victim in Central Long Beach.

In that incident, police arrested Lionel Pina Ramirez, 20, of Long Beach, on suspicion of assault with a firearm. He was taken into custody shortly after the shooting when his car, a black sedan, was involved in a collision near the shooting scene at Pacific Coast Highway and Long Beach Boulevard, police said.

The 19-year-old victim, who identified Ramirez as the gunman, was not injured, police said.

Ramirez is being held on $50,000 bail, police said.

Police 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.”

Two juveniles shot at

Earlier Saturday, at around 5:25 p.m., officers responded to the area of 17th Street between Martin Luther King Jr. and Lewis avenues for a call of shots fired, and officers initially detained two teenage boys who were later determined to be victims.

The boys, ages 16 and 17, did not sustain any injuries, police said.

Police recovered evidence of a shooting and found that an inhabited building was struck by bullets, they said. There were no injuries from inside the building, they said.

Police said the victims were in an alley when a vehicle drove by and shot at them. The victims did not provide any description of the suspects, police said.

The motive for the shooting is unknown, police said.

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