Teen, 16, Shot in Long Beach; Suspect Escapes in Vehicle

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LONG BEACH (CNS) - Long Beach police are searching for someone who shot a 16-year-old boy before fleeing in a vehicle, authorities said Saturday.

The teen was hospitalized for a wound to his lower body that is not considered life-threatening, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

Officers were sent to the area of Vernon Street and Long Beach Boulevard at 2:56 p.m. Friday. A preliminary investigation indicates that the passenger of a dark-colored sedan exited the vehicle and fired shots at the victim. The suspect then got back into the vehicle and fled southbound on Long Beach Boulevard.

The victim was taken to a local hospital by a Good Samaritan before officers arrived on the scene, police said.

No motive or suspect description was immediately available, and LBPD gang detectives were investigating the case.

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