Police Investigate Possibly Gang Related Homicide

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On Sunday, March 23, 2014, around 2:55 a.m., Long Beach Police responded to a shots fired call in the area of 6th Street and Long Beach Blvd., which resulted in the death of a male adult.

When officers arrived, they discovered four male adults who appeared to have been struck by gunfire. Thirty-three-year-old Charles Bell of Compton, who sustained a gunshot wound to the torso, was lying in the parking lot of a restaurant and was determined to be deceased at the scene. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics transported the three other victims, in stable condition, to local hospitals.

A motive for the shooting is unknown; however, the preliminary investigation indicated that a male adult suspect attempted to instigate a fight with individuals who were leaving the restaurant and it escalated to a shooting. Suspect(s) fled in a vehicle and remain(s) outstanding.

No suspect information is available. The incident is being investigated as possibly gang related.

Anyone with information is urged to contact LBPD Homicide Detectives Scott Lasch and Donald Goodman at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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