On Jan. 21, 2023 at approximately 1:51 p.m., officers responded to a park in the 1500 block of West 31st Street regarding a shots call, which resulted in the death of a male victim.
Upon arrival, officers located two male adult victims with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, and a 17-year-old male victim in critical condition suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body. Officers performed life saving measures to the victims prior to Fire Department Personnel arriving on scene and transporting the victims to local hospitals.
Homicide and Gang detectives responded to the scene and initiated an investigation. The preliminary investigation revealed the victims were at the basketball courts when a SUV drove by and fired shots at the victims. An unidentified subject who was also on the basketball courts returned fire at the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle immediately fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival.
The 17-year-old victim succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. One of the adult male victims was released from the hospital and is recovering. The second male adult victim is still being cared for at the hospital and he is in stable condition
The decedent has been identified as 17-year-old Khalil Saleem of Long Beach.
At this time, the motive for the shooting is unknown and no additional suspect information is available. Detectives remain committed to the investigation and will continue to evaluate all evidence and investigative leads.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact Homicide Detectives Michael Hutchinson or Lisette Temblador 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.