Shooting Call – Suspect Armed with a Rifle Shoots Two, Officer-Involved Shooting Results
Photo: recovered shotgun
LONG BEACH – A shot fired in front of a restaurant in the 5400 block of Atlantic Avenue enlisted Long Beach PD officers to the scene of a shooting call at the area of Market Street and Atlantic Avenue. Within minutes of the 9:20 PM call, where an adult male had been injured, arriving officers were informed of a second shooting.
“An adult female victim was struck by gunfire,” said LBPD. “Within a few minutes the first single officer arrived and encountered the suspect who was armed with a shotgun. The officer believed the suspect, a male adult, was responsible for the previous shootings. At that time, the officer-involved shooting occurred near the intersection.”
A marked black and white PD vehicle carried a second assisting officer to the shooting scene – where the suspect fired at least twice. The officer’s vehicle struck the suspect, in an attempt to prevent additional gunfire.
“A shotgun was recovered on the street near the suspect,” said LBPD. The male suspect (22) is presently ID’d as a resident of Long Beach.
“The suspect was determined deceased at the scene,” added LBPD, ” and motive for the shooting is currently unknown.”
Two shooting victims were transported to a local hospital by LB Fire Department. One of them is in critical condition. As a precautionary measure – after the collision – one of the officers was taken to hospital.
There is no known motive for the shooting at this time. Several witnesses to the incident in the nearby area were contacted by officers. Prior to the formal investigation and report, all provided information at this point is preliminary – for early information purposes.
“As with all officer involved shooting incidents, the Department will be conducting a full and thorough multi-level review of the incident,” said LBPD. “The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office will conduct an independent investigation of the incident, as they do with all officer-involved shootings that result in injury or death.”
Anyone who may have observed the incident is urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Michael Hubbard and Leticia Gamboa at (562) 570-7244. To remain anonymous, call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.