Police search for suspects in two shootings that injured 3 men

Long Beach police were investigating two separate shootings Friday evening, that left three men injured.

The first shooting took place around 4:20 p.m. near the 1700 block of East 63rd Street in North Long Beach, according to police.

Officers dispatched to the scene located a man with a single gunshot wound to his upper torso. He was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening wounds, police said.

Officers believe there was a physical altercation between the victim and an unknown suspect before the shooting happened, police said. Police added that the suspect fled the scene and remains outstanding.

About three hours later, officers responded to a shooting that occurred at about 7 p.m. in the 1400 block of Chestnut Avenue in Central Long Beach.

Officers located two men who were struck by gunfire, police said, and were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A preliminary investigation revealed that a man was in the rear courtyard of an apartment building when a dark-colored vehicle drove by and an unknown suspect or suspects shot the victim once in the upper torso, police said.

Officers located the second victim at the same location who was also shot one time in the lower torso, police said. The second victim was a bystander and is not believed to be the intended target of the shooting, according to police.

The motive for the shooting is unknown and the investigation is ongoing, police said.

Police urged anyone with information on both incidents to contact the Gang Investigation Section at 562-570-7370. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-8477.

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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.