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Long Beach fatality marks third shooting in city over weekend

March 2, 2009 | 12:24 pm

A man was shot and killed in Long Beach early this morning, marking the third shooting in the city over the weekend, officials said.

Malakai Teaupa, 26, was sitting in his car in the 5800 block of Orange Avenue when two suspects started shooting at the vehicle, said Long Beach Police Sgt. Dina Zapalski. Teaupa, a Long Beach resident, was shot in his upper torso and died at the scene. His body was found by officers responding to a report of a shooting about 12:30 a.m., Zapalski said.

Just hours before that incident, two men were killed in a confrontation less than two miles away, in the 2000 block of Del Amo Boulevard, when one group of men opened fire on the other. Coroner’s officials today identified the victims as Chamreun Kong, of Bellfower, and Austin Sarom Seng, of Long Beach, both 20.

Kong and Seng were shot just after 2 p.m. Sunday in an incident police said appeared to be gang-related. Seng died at the scene, and Kong was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Saturday night, a 15-month-old child and an adult man were  hospitalized and listed in serious but stable condition after being shot. Officials said the shooting, which took place in the 1600 block of Sherman Place, appeared to be gang-related, and that two suspects are being sought.

Police ask anyone with information to call Long Beach homicide detectives at (562) 570-7244.

-- Victoria Kim

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