Police shot and injured a man Sunday near the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, prompting street closures in the area due to law enforcement activity.
Officers with the Long Beach Police Department were dispatched to the area 3rd Street and Elm Avenue at around 4:45 p.m. on reports of a shooting. Fortunately, no one was hit.
Not long after the initial incident, officers located the shooting suspect a few blocks away, near Ocean and Elm avenues, at which point police shot the man. A gun was recovered at the scene.
The suspect was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No officers were injured during the incident.
“Attention Grand Prix attendees. Please avoid the area of Ocean and Elm due to ongoing police activity. The Green gate located @ Long Beach Blvd & Ocean Ave is closed, please plan to exit through the yellow, blue or red gate,” police tweeted at around 5:11 p.m.
A large police presence was already in the area as the City of Long Beach hosts the weekend-long Indy car series.
“It’s a very big concern. This is a big event for the city,” LBPD Commander Michael Pennino said. “We had a lot of resources here to keep people safe and I believe with those resources properly deployed, that’s what led to the immediate apprehension of the suspect.”
Authorities were also investigating two other shootings in the area, one on East Ocean Boulevard and another on Atlantic Avenue, where a man suffering a gunshot wound was taken to the hospital for treatment.
LBPD officials believe the three shootings may be related.
“I heard the shots, and then I realized it was not the engines of the cars. It was a real shooting,” Ramon Duran, who was staying at a nearby hotel, told KTLA.
Other residents said that it was scary hearing shots ring out in the busy tourist center of the city.
“That’s when I saw from my balcony people running for the streets…it hit home,” an unidentified resident told KTLA. “Just around the corner where I live, just a few steps down it’s Pine Avenue, which is the heart of downtown.”