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Boy critically wounded by gunfire in Long Beach

March 23, 2013|By Cindy Chang

A 10-year-old boy was shot and critically wounded during a dispute between others at a Long Beach gas station Friday night, and the gunman remains at large, police said.

The shooting occurred about 8 p.m. while the boy was sitting with his parents in a parked car at the station at Long Beach and Del Amo boulevards, said Nancy Pratt, a spokeswoman for the Police Department. A dispute between several men escalated into a shooting, and at least one of the bullets struck the boy.

His parents drove the boy to a nearby police station, and from there he was transported to a local hospital. He is listed in critical but stable condition, Pratt said.

An adult male was also treated for gunshot wounds. Police believe he may also have been an innocent bystander.

Anyone with information about the incident should call Long Beach detectives at (562) 570-7250 or leave an anonymous tip at lacrimestoppers.org.

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Twitter: @cindychangLA

cindy.chang@latimes.com

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