Long Beach Police officers were investigating a “violent crime spree,” including a homicide, when they shot a suspect over the weekend, officials said Wednesday.
About 3:20 a.m. Sunday, officers responded the 100 block of West 9th Street and discovered several suspects had attempted to rob two victims at gunpoint, officials said. The victims were able to get away before a robbery occurred and they were not injured.
About 20 minutes later officers responded to an assault with a deadly weapon incident near Locust Avenue and East 12th Street. The victim, Ricardo Garcia, 25, died at the scene and the homicide was deemed gang-related, officials said.
About 3:45 a.m. officers responded to a robbery in the 1300 block of East 14th Street. The victims said four suspects driving two vehicles took their money, property and one of the victim’s car keys.
Police said the suspects returned to the scene hours later to steal the victim’s vehicle.
The investigation led detectives to a parking lot along Pacific Coast Highway and Lemon Avenue about 12 hours later, where they spotted one of the suspect vehicles and several suspects.
As the detectives tried to detain one of the suspects, he ran away and officials shot him, police said. The suspect was taken to a hospital and remains in critical condition. Police said he was not armed at the time and he has not been arrested or charged with a crime.
Officers also shot at a man who was driving the suspect vehicle, crashed and ran away. The man was not hit and he continued running, police said. He was eventually arrested and was also not armed.
Three more suspects were found in a local business and surrendered. A gun was found inside the business, police said.
Another suspect was found in a nearby home and was arrested on suspicion of burglary.
The incident remains under investigation and police are not releasing the names of the suspects.
Anyone with information about the crimes can call Long Beach Police homicide detectives Mark Bigel-Guarino, Todd Johnson or Shea Robertson at 562-570-7244.