Long Beach
Police Department

Media Relations
400 W. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 570-5273
3/13/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release #
Subject:
MURDER 1300 BLOCK OF WESLEY DRIVE
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(562) 570-5273






On March 12, 2018, at approximately 4:30 pm, officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of Wesley Drive regarding a hit shooting that just occurred.

Upon arrival officers found a male adult victim with an apparent gunshot wound to the upper torso. He was subsequently transported to a local hospital by Long Beach Fire, and later pronounced deceased at the hospital.

Further investigation found that there was a physical confrontation between multiple subjects prior to the shooting. The incident is being investigated as gang related.

The victim has been identified as 22-year-old Richard Van of Long Beach.

Anyone with information is urged to call Homicide Detectives Sean Irving and Ben Vargas at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through "LA Crime Stoppers" by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the "P3 Tips" app to your smart phone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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