Police Brief - Gun Graphic

The Long Beach Police Department announced Saturday it would be upping patrol in the North, West and South patrol divisions after five shootings left three people injured and one dead over a 24-hour period beginning Friday afternoon, authorities said.

Two of the shootings occurred in broad daylight, including a shooting just past noon Saturday in the 2300 block of Lime Avenue that left a man hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the lower body, police spokeswoman Arantxa Chavarria said.

The man was walking with a woman when two men approached and fired, she said. The woman escaped injury.

A Friday afternoon shooting left a 25-year-old Long Beach man dead in an alley behind the 1400 block of Elm Avenue, police said.

Overnight, two men suffered non-life threatening gunshot wounds.

A man was found with gunshot wounds to the upper body in the 1100 block of Pine Avenue just before 10 p.m. Friday, Chavarria said. The victim had been walking in the area of 12th Street and Pacific Avenue when he was shot.

About a half hour later, officers responded to the 2400 block of Pasadena Avenue on a report of a shooting, but no one was hit, Chavarria said.

Police were also called to a hospital about 11:15 p.m. on a report of a gunshot victim, Chavarria said. The victim, a man, told police he was walking in the area of Pacific Coast Highway and Magnolia Avenue when two men approached in a vehicle and shot him while attempting to rob him.

It wasn’t immediately known if any of the incidents were related. No arrests had yet been made.

Over the past several weeks, officers have made arrests of prohibited firearms possessors and have taken numerous guns off the streets, police said.

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