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Girl Survives as Long Beach Man Gunned Down

The young man was with a relative riding a scooter when confronted about what gang he claims. The pair fled but they were chased down. Three suspects arrested.

A 20-year-old man was fatally shot in Long Beach by one of three young men who confronted him about gang affiliation, but a girl with him managed to flee, and three suspects were arrested, police said.

Gerardo Placencia of Long Beach was fatally wounded along East Seventh Street near Rose Avenue about 8:50 p.m. Tuesday, said Long Beach police Sgt. Aaron Eaton said.

Police later arrested Montreal Hill, 19, and Eric Hubbard, 18, as well as a 15-year-old boy whose name was withheld because he is a minor, Eaton said.

Placencia, who was with a 12-year-old family member riding a scooter, walked by three men as they left a business near Gaviota Avenue, said Eaton. One of the three asked Placencia what gang he belonged to, but he did not answer immediately, Eaton said, adding that Placencia urged the girl ith him to scoot faster.

The trio followed Placencia and the girl, catching them near Rose Avenue, Eaton said. One suspect pulled out a gun and shot Placencia, and the girl ran away to get help, he said.

The area is known gang territory, Eaton told Patch. It is less than two miles and an estimated six-minute drive from the Belmont Veteran's Pier.

The homicide was the second in Long Beach this week. On Friday, Estuaredo Rodriguez, 19, of Long Beach, was shot to death near West Seventh Street and Chestnut Avenue.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact Long Beach Police Department detectives Malcolm Evans or Todd Johnson at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting www.tipsoft.com

--City News Service and Nancy Wride produced this report.

Panglonymous September 27, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Are mandated early release programs expected to fuel increased gang activity? If one were to visualize deployment on a map, would police presence appear to reinforce the safety of the most politically potent / affluent neighborhoods?
Rob wise September 30, 2012 at 02:59 PM
It is time to eradicate gangs. It is time to stop worrying about the rights of these criminals. The police know who these thugs are. Arrest them and charge them as terrorists under the Patriot Act. Convict them and then quake them to the town square and have a mass public hangings. Then sterilize all of t heir women so they can't continue to breed more.
MorganaRose October 02, 2012 at 06:21 AM
That was literally down the street from my apartment. I haven't really seen gang activity that close to me until that new restaurant where La Rizza's used to be opened up. It definitely seems to bring a different clientele into the area.
Sandra Wilson October 03, 2012 at 07:12 PM
It's sad
D Beaves November 16, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Rob wise those two cents of your are worth as much as two cents. waste of a human with your idiotic comment you should think before you type and learn about who really live around these messed up areas like real hard working families, with the case of certain knuckle heads. we should sterilize who ever gave birth to you that would make this world a senseless world

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