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Man dies of gunshot wounds on St. Louis Avenue in Long Beach

On Dec. 16, 2020, at approximately 8:50 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of St. Louis Avenue to assist the Long Beach Fire Department with a gunshot wound victim, which resulted in the death of a male.

Responding officers learned that, prior to their arrival, the victim was determined deceased by Long Beach Fire Department personnel. The original calling party had reported a male who fell and appeared injured in the street. When fire personnel located the victim in the roadway, they observed apparent gunshot wounds to his upper torso and called for police response.

The victim is only being identified as a male at this time, with age unknown. The Los Angeles County Department of the Medical Examiner-Coroner will work to identify the victim and notify next of kin.

Detectives are searching the area for additional evidence and witnesses. The motive for the shooting has not been determined although it is being investigated as gang-related.

Anyone with any information regarding the incident is urged to contact LBPD Homicide Detectives Oscar Valenzuela or Eric Thai at 562-570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smartphone (available at the Apple app store or Google Play), or by visiting www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

The article above was released by the Long Beach Police Department.