LONG BEACH, Calif. – Police believe a man suspected of shooting a man in Long Beach also carjacked a woman nearby and was injured Monday morning when he crashed the stolen vehicle in Downey.
The shooting occurred just after 11 p.m. Sunday in the 2000 block of Artesia Boulevard, according to Long Beach police Lt. Danielle Quinones.
A man on a bicycle approached a man on the street, shot him in the lower body, and left the scene, Quinones said.
“At 11:22 p.m., officers were flagged down at the 6700 block of Paramount Boulevard by the female adult victim who stated she was carjacked,” the lieutenant said. “The victim further stated she was near her vehicle when she was approached by a male adult suspect who asked for a ride then produced a gun and threatened to shoot her.”
The woman ran away. The man took the vehicle and he was last seen driving northbound on Paramount Boulevard, Quinones said. The woman was not hurt.
Long Beach police were contacted by their Downey counterparts at 1:22 a.m. Monday to inform them the carjacked vehicle crashed into a pole in their jurisdiction and the driver was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries, she said. A firearm was recovered from the vehicle.
“The suspect(s) in each incident share similar descriptions,” Quinones said. “At this time, detectives believe the same suspect may be responsible for each incident and they are currently working to gather additional evidence and information connecting the suspect to both incidents.”