Three Wounded, One Critical, in Downtown Long Beach Shooting

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Two adults and a teenage boy were wounded in a shooting near the Aquarium of the Pacific in downtown Long Beach, authorities said today.

The shooting occurred about 7:30 p.m. Saturday outside the Hooter's restaurant at  Shoreline Drive and Aquarium Way, according to Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna.

Two men and a 13-year-old boy were wounded, Luna told reporters at the scene. One victim was taken to a hospital in ``very critical condition,'' but Luna did not specify which. The shots were fired from a vehicle and one bullet pierced the front door of the Hooter's restaurant, Luna said.

Three persons of interest were quickly detained for questioning because the police department has increased the number of officers on the street in an effort to stem a jump in shootings, the chief said.

Whether the shooting was gang related was ``on the table,'' Luna said. he guests and staff at Hooter's were traumatized by the bullet hole and blood on the floor from a shooting victim who ran inside for help, he said.

 Witnesses told reporters at the scene they ran and took cover when the shooting started. The large number of witnesses and surveillance cameras should prove helpful in the investigation, Luna said.

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