LONG BEACH, Calif. – A suspect who allegedly assaulted multiple people in Long Beach then stabbed another was shot by police Tuesday but is expected to survive.
The shooting occurred shortly before noon near Second Street and Quincy Avenue, according to the Long Beach Police Department.
According to police, officers originally responded to the area of Second Street and Park Avenue on a report of somebody possibly stabbing multiple people. On further investigation, police determined that two people — a man and a woman — had not been stabbed, but only assaulted or struck by the suspect, who walked a short distance away and assaulted a man who was holding a 2-year-old child, causing the man to drop the child, police said.
The suspect walked away and then stabbed a man with a screwdriver, according to police.
Police caught up to the suspect near Second Street and Quincy Avenue where he allegedly ignored officers’ orders to drop the weapon and tried to enter a residential area, prompting at least one officer to open fire, striking the suspect once in the upper body.
No officers were injured. The screwdriver allegedly wielded by the suspect was recovered by police. The suspect was described only as a roughly 31- year-old man.
The suspect and the man who was stabbed were both taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
None of the assault victims, including the 2-year-old child, were seriously injured and none were hospitalized.
Police said the suspect would likely be booked on suspicion of attempted murder, once he is released from the hospital.
A resident told the Long Beach Post he was at his home near Livingston Drive and Park Avenue when he heard a commotion coming from nearby Livingston Park, and when he looked over at the park, he saw what appeared to be a man punching someone else continuously while other park-goers screamed.
The man left the scene toward Second Street and eventually, the resident said, he heard multiple gunshots, according to the Long Beach Post.