Fatal shooting seen as gang-related

Tracy Manzer (Press Telegram)

LONG BEACH – Police are investigating the shooting death of a 24-year-old LosAngeles man who was gunned down in the courtyard of a North Long Beach apartment complex Tuesday night as gang-related, police said Wednesday.

Long Beach police responding to a call of shots fired at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday arrived at the residence in the 2700 block of East 57th Street and found the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, said Nancy Pratt, a Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman.

The victim was identified as 24-year-old Comontray Lenoir of Los Angeles, Pratt said.

He suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body and torso, she added.

Those responsible for the shooting and the motive for Lenoir’s slaying are unknown; however, detectives are investigating the shooting as a gang-related incident, Pratt explained. She declined to say why the shooting was considered gang-related.

The investigation remains ongoing, she said.

A search of Lenoir’s record show a 2003 conviction on a drug charge for possession of a cocaine base and a few vehicle code violations, including his most recent conviction in Bellflower in September for driving on a suspended license.

Anyone with information about Lenoir’s slaying is urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives William Matsubara and Todd Johnson at 562-570-7244.

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