Shotgun Suspect Killed after Shooting Two People, Exchanging Gunfire with Police

A suspect with a shotgun is killed after shooting two people and then exchanging gunfire with Long Beach Police officers according to Police Chief Robert Luna.

The incident started around 9:20 p.m. in the area of Atlantic Avenue and Market Street at Popeye Chicken parking lot Thursday night.

A first officer arrived alone and encountered the suspect, who was armed with the shotgun. The suspect was coming out of a nearby liquor store next to Popeye’s, police said.

“The suspect is deceased and he is on scene,” Luna said. “There was an officer-involved shooting, so we don’t know if he’s deceased from the gunfire or possibly when he was struck by the officer the suspect was shooting at.”

One LBPD officer involved was transported to a hospital, with an injury, police said. Although the officer’s condition is not yet known, the injury was not from a gunshot wound, according to Luna.

The first victim that was shot by the suspect outside of Popeyes was rushed in critical condition to a local hospital. The second victim was rushed to the hospital in stable condition.

A shot gun with pistol grip believed to belong to the suspect was recovered at the scene, police said.

Atlantic starting from 52nd Street going north will be closed for hours.

The investigation is ongoing.