Police Investigate Two Weekend Homicides

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On Friday, February 21, 2014, at approximately 1:55 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to a shots fired call near 59th Street and Linden Avenue, which resulted in the death of a male adult.

When officers arrived, they discovered the victim, identified as 24-year-old Christopher Lane of Long Beach, who had been struck by gunfire in the upper torso. He was transported to a local hospital by Long Beach Fire Department paramedics, and was determined deceased shortly thereafter.

Information gathered through the preliminary investigation indicated that two male Blacks were seen fleeing from the location on foot. A motive for the shooting is unknown, but the incident is being investigated as possibly gang-related.

On Saturday, February 22, 2014, at approximately 5:40 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to a shots fired call in the 3400 block of Andy Street, which resulted in the death of a male adult.

When officers arrived, they discovered a gunshot wound victim on the sidewalk, who had been struck in the upper body. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded and determined the victim deceased at the scene. He has been identified as 20-year-old Christopher Franklin of Long Beach.

A motive for the shooting is unknown, and the incident is being investigated as possibly gang-related. No suspect descriptions are available and detectives are hoping someone with information will come forward.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Hugo Cortes and Peter Lackovic 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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