Domestic dispute, argument end in shots fired but no injuries, police say

Police are investigating two separate incidents of shots being fired in Central Long Beach this morning, authorities said.

In the first incident, a man and a girl reported there appeared to be a bullet hole in an inside wall of their home at about 9:40 a.m., LBPD spokeswoman Jennifer De Prez said. When officers arrived at the home near Olive Avenue and 21st Street, they saw evidence of a bullet impact on the wall, she said.

“The preliminary investigation revealed the shooting was an accidental discharge of a firearm that occurred as a result of a domestic dispute between an adult male and adult female earlier in the morning,” De Prez said.

The dispute was inside the same home where the bullet hole was found, she said, and no injuries were reported.

De Prez said it appears the man and the girl knew about the domestic dispute that had happened earlier in the day, but it wasn’t until they found the bullet hole that they called police.

In the second incident, a group of four men reported a man shot at them during an argument in an alley in the 1700 block of Tribune Court at about 11:20 a.m., De Prez said.

Officers couldn’t find evidence of a shooting, such as bullet casings or holes, and the victims were gone before they arrived, police said. No one has reported injuries from the incident, according to De Prez. She said the suspect fled on foot and police don’t know if the suspect and victims knew each other.

Gang detectives were responded to the scene, but witnesses were uncooperative during the preliminary investigation, she said.

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.
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