A 36-year-old woman was fatally hit by a stray bullet aimed at a gunman in a gang-related shooting near a street food vendor in Long Beach, which also left a teenager with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, police said Saturday.
The woman was identified as Alejandra Martinez from Long Beach, reported the Long Beach Police Department. Officers were dispatched to the scene of the shooting at the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and Anaheim Street at around 11:20 p.m. Friday. Several people were in the parking lot adjacent to the intersection buying food from mobile vendors.
The suspect who had already bought the food blocked a group of people who were waiting for food. He then took out a gun and fired several bullets at the group. Unidentified persons in the parking lot returned fire. The shooting is being investigated for gang-related.
Martinez has no gang affiliation and is believed to be an unintentional target for the suspect, who is described as a man in his late 20s. He was last seen driving a sedan north on Magnolia Avenue.
Paramedics took Martinez to a regional hospital, where he died from a gunshot wound to the upper body.
One teenage victim suffered a gunshot wound to the upper body and was later released from hospital, police said. “Due to the recent increase in gang-related shootings and firearm attacks, the Long Beach Police Department will assign additional officers to reduce gun violence through high visibility patrols and law enforcement in areas affected by these crimes,” the police said in a statement. .
Long Beach homicide detectives are urging anyone with information regarding the shooting to call them at 562-570-7244 or LA Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
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