A man walking down an alley was shot in the upper body during an attempted robbery late Wednesday in Central Long Beach, authorities said.
Long Beach Police Department spokesperson Allison Gallagher said that officers responded to reports of a shooting at 11:36 p.m. somewhere in the area of 14th Street and Long Beach Boulevard near Michael K. Green Skate Park.
By the time police arrived to the scene of the alleged crime, the man, who had been shot in the upper body, had already transported himself to the hospital.
The man in the hospital told police that he was walking through an alley when three men walked up to him—one of them brandishing a handgun. In their attempt to rob the man, one of the three men shot him in the upper body.
The three men fled on foot while the man who was shot transported himself to a local hospital where his injury was considered non-life threatening.
At this time, no suspect information is available and the investigation is the ongoing.
This shooting comes about five hours after another man was shot in the leg during a drive-by shooting while walking near Long Beach Boulevard and Ellis Street in North Long Beach earlier in the day. That man also transported himself to a local hospital.
Long Beach has also seen a recent rash of robberies over the last week. Five Long Beach businesses were robbed in a span of fours Sunday, Jan. 2 during the early hours of the morning. The following day, Leo’s Mexican Grill in the Willmore neighborhood of Long Beach was also robbed by a man with a gun.
Due to the recent increase of commercial robberies, LBPD has increased patrols and resources around the city to prevent additional incidents from happening.