Veteran gunned down while doing yard work in Long Beach

A man was tragically gunned down on a sidewalk in front of his residence in Long Beach on Thursday evening.

The incident, which unfolded near Lime Avenue and East 61st Street, sent ripples of fear and concern through the neighborhood.

A family member wrote a comment on LBLN’s Instagram: That was my uncle. I’m still in disbelief he was a war veteran just retired from the army two years ago 2 tours in Iraq. just got his masters last year all he did was love all his nieces and nephews and his family. He was a good person and I don’t just mean that because he was my favorite uncle. I will miss you Mario you will forever be missed now how to break to my 9yr old who is was your goddaughter• lord take him in you know he was good.

According to a neighbor, the victim was doing routine yard work, using a leaf blower when the fatal shooting occurred. Reports suggest he was struck in the head by gunfire, resulting in his death.

Police quickly arrived on the scene after before 6:40 p.m., with several patrol vehicles mobilized and crime-scene tape cordoning off the affected area. People reported seeing a person being apprehended by authorities, although it remains unclear whether this individual is considered a suspect in the case.

As the investigation unfolds, the community is left grappling with unanswered questions and heightened concerns about safety.

Further details surrounding the tragic incident have yet to be disclosed by authorities, leaving residents awaiting updates on this developing story.