Updated Sunday with victim's name.
A 21-year-old man was fatally shot Friday night in a possibly gang-related attack near Anaheim Street and Ohio Avenue, just over two miles from the Belmont Veteran's Pier, in Long Beach.
Ajay Stewart, 21, of Los Angeles, was shot about 7:30 p.m. Friday in a confrontation between two groups on Ohio Avenue, just south of Anaheim Street, and declared dead at a hospital, according to police and a coroner's spokesman.
According to Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman Nancy Pratt, Stewart was on foot with a group of others described as males due to not knowing their ages; they were on Ohio Avenue, south of Anaheim Street, when another group of males approached, and the groups got into a fight. Pratt said in an e-mailed press release that someone fired several shots into the victim's group, and the victim was wounded numerous times.
He later died at the hospital, Pratt said.
A motive for the shooting is undetermined, but the incident is being investigated as gang-related. No suspect information is available at this time.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Scott Lasch and Donald Goodman at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting www.tipsoft.com.