Long Beach Mourns 12-Year-Old Boy Killed in Shooting

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LONG BEACH (CNS) - Police Thursday continued their search for at least two suspects who fled in a vehicle following a shooting that left a 12-year-old boy dead and a 14-year-old girl wounded.

Officers were sent to the 2200 block of Lewis Avenue, between Martin Luther King Jr. and Orange avenues, at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

The wounded boy and girl were taken to a hospital, where the boy died and the girl suffered a non-life-threatening wound to her lower body, police said.

Police identified the boy as Eric Gregory Brown III of Long Beach.

According to police, Eric, the 14-year-old girl and a 13-year-old girl were walking on the sidewalk when a vehicle approached them, occupied by at least two males.

"An unknown number of suspect(s) shot at the victims," police said in a statement.

No description was released of the vehicle or suspects. The younger girl was not injured, police said.

Police increased patrols in the area on Wednesday, authorities said.

"The shooting that took place last night is absolutely devastating," LBPD Chief Wally Hebeish said in a statement. "A young boy's life has been cut short due to an intolerable act of gun violence. While we mourn this loss as a community, our officers will not stop working to locate and arrest those responsible for this tragedy."

Neighbors told Fox 11 that investigators were canvassing home surveillance cameras to help identify the suspect's vehicle.

"It's kind of crazy. I just heard the shots and five minutes later, the whole block was blocked off," a neighbor who wished to remain anonymous told Fox11.

The wounded 14-year-old girl is now at home, NBC4 reported. Her father, David Chen, said she was shot in the leg.

"She was lucky that it didn't hit the bone," he told reporters.

Eric's friends and relatives gathered Wednesday outside a relative's apartment to mourn him and light candles, in a vigil that was attended by city officials and some of the boy's classmates from Jackson Middle School, the Long Beach Post reported.

"I got calls that I was on the five o'clock news," Eric's grandmother Cynthia Johnson said, according to the LB Post. "I hope the shooters saw me. I mean, who kills kids?"

Council members Suely Saro and Al Austin and representatives from Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson's office also attended the vigil.

The family has started a GoFundMe to help pay for funeral expenses.

Anyone with information on the shooting was urged to call Dets. Michael Hubbard or Jesus Espinoza at 562-570-7244, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222- TIPS. Tipsters may also use the website www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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