Person found dead in West Long Beach industrial area

A woman was found dead Sunday morning in West Long Beach, according to the Long Beach police.

Close to 7:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of W. 16th Street to assist the Long Beach Fire Department, police said.

“Upon arrival, officers located a female adult victim, suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body,” according to an LBPD news release. “The victim was seated inside the front area of an SUV type vehicle, which was parked on the street.”

Police said they are investigating this incident as an apparent murder. A motive for the shooting is currently unknown, according to police.

Details about the victim’s identity are not available at this time, though police said she appears to be in her 30s.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact Homicide Detectives Ethan Shear or Michael Hutchinson at 562-570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smartphone, or by visiting

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional details from the LBPD.

Long Beach Police Department officers are awaiting homicide detectives to investigate an incident involving a person who was found dead on W. 16th Street in West Long Beach on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

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