On June 24, 2020, at approximately 5:00 p.m., officers responded to a park located in the 1400 block of Chestnut Avenue regarding a report of a shooting, which resulted in the death of a male adult.
Upon arrival, officers located a male adult victim suffering from gunshot wounds to his upper and lower torso. Citizens in the park were attempting life-saving measures on the victim until they were relieved by the responding officers. Officers then began life-saving measures and requested paramedics. Long Beach Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
On June 26, 2020, detectives were notified that the victim had succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The victim has been identified as Jose Rodriguez, a 23-year-old resident of Long Beach.
The preliminary investigation revealed that Rodriguez was in the park when two unknown suspects approached him and began shooting. The suspects fled the park eastbound towards Chestnut Avenue. The exact motive for the shooting is currently unknown, however, the incident is being investigated as gang-related. Detectives are actively working to gather additional information to further the ongoing investigation.
Anyone with any information regarding the incident is urged to contact LBPD Homicide Detectives Shea Robertson and Travis Harris at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through "LA Crime Stoppers" by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the "P3 Tips" app to your smart phone (available at the Apple app store or Google Play), or by visiting www.crimestoppers.org.