Apparent robbery in West Long Beach leaves 1 teenager dead, 1 man injured, police say

Homicide detectives were investigating a shooting Friday night in which one man was killed and another man was left in critical condition at the hospital, police said.

Officers were sent to the area of the 3600 Block of Santa Fe Avenue at about 11:20 p.m. regarding a call about a shooting.

When officers arrived, they located two men with gunshot wounds to their upper bodies, police said.

The officers administered first aid to the two men while Long Beach fire personnel arrived at the scene. One of the gunshot victims died at the scene, police said.

The other was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

Detectives determined the person who was killed was a 17-year-old resident of Long Beach, police said.

According to a police statement, the 17-year-old contacted the shooting victim in the parking lot of the hotel and allegedly robbed and assaulted him. During this robbery, another man joined in the robbery and the 17-year-old allegedly fired a handgun multiple times, hitting both the robbery victim and the other suspect.

That suspect then fled the scene and remains outstanding, police said.

The 17-year-old and the robbery victim continued to fight until another adult man intervened and shot the teen, then fled the scene, police said. He is also outstanding, according to police.

The investigation remains ongoing, police said. Detectives are investigating the incident as gang-related, police said. The LBPD defines gang-related crimes as any crime committed “for the benefit of, at the direction of or in association with any criminal street gang.”

Editor’s note: This story was updated to say that the shootings took place Friday night, and to include additional details provided by Long Beach Police.

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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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