Police investigate shooting in North Long Beach neighborhood near Rancho Los Cerritos

Long Beach police were investigating a shooting on 49th Street west of Long Beach Boulevard Thursday morning.

It doesn’t appear anyone was hit by the gunfire, but a 15 year-old victim was taken to the hospital for a minor injury to his lower body, police said. LBPD spokesman Ivan Garcia said the boy was hurt as he fled the scene.

Residents said they heard multiple gunshots some time before 11 a.m. A man who only identified himself only as Luigi said he was in his bathroom when he heard the shots. He also said he heard a car speed by, but did not know if that was related to the shots being fired.

Some residents in the area were not surprised the shooting happened, alleging that speeding cars and illicit activities take place constantly on their street, which is a couple of blocks north of the railroad tracks that border the top of Rancho Los Cerritos and Bixby Knolls.

Filberto Borja, a longtime homeowner near the scene of the shooting, said he has called police in the past and asked for patrols to drive by the neighborhood.

Police did not provide details on a potential suspect, and no one was immediately arrested.

The reason for the shooting is unknown at this time. Detectives were at the scene conducting an investigation, police said.

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Sebastian Echeverry is the North Long Beach reporter through the Report for America program. Philanthropic organizations pledged to cover the local donor portion of his grant-funded position with the Long Beach Post. If you want to support Sebastian's work, you can donate to his Report for America position at lbpost.com/support.
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