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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