Police search for possible gunman at Pike Outlets

Long Beach police closed much of the area surrounding the Pike Outlets in search of a person who possibly fired a gun into the air. No gunshot victims were reported, police said.

The incident occurred just before 6 p.m. Saturday at 151 Pine Ave. Police said officers were dispatched to the Pike Outlets to disperse a group of people that gathered in the area.

A large fight broke out outside of a business near Bay Street and Aquarium Way, and a person was pistol whipped during the altercation, according to LBPD spokesman Rudy Garcia. Police said the victim and the suspect fled the scene before officers arrived.

While they were continued investigating the altercation, officers heard gunshots in the area, according to police. Bullet casings were located, and police detained some individuals. Their involvement in the incident is being investigated, Garcia said.

Police taped off a large perimeter and helicopters swirled overhead. Officers urged the public to avoid the area.

Editor’s note: This story was updated with more information from police.

Police close off much of the Pike Outlets in search of a possible gunman on Saturday, Sept. 19. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Police close off much of the Pike Outlets in search of a possible gunman on Saturday, Sept. 19. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

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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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