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Gang detective shot and wounded in Long Beach

January 30, 2011 | 12:06 pm

A Long Beach police anti-gang detective was shot and wounded late Saturday night while in a patrol car with another detective.

Police said the detective was struck once in the upper torso and was driven to a local hospital by his partner. The detective is listed in stable condition. Police withheld his name but said he is 30 years old and has been a member of the Long Beach police force for seven years.

According to a statement from the Long Beach Police Department, the two detectives were shot at near the intersection of Anaheim Street and Mahanna Avenue at about 10:50 p.m. A gunman riding in another vehicle fired multiple rounds at the detectives' unmarked police car, which was equipped with emergency lights and a siren. The wounded detective was driving the patrol car at the time of the attack, police said.

Additional officers were on the southeast corner of the intersection conducting an unrelated investigation when the shooting occurred. One of the officers was able to fire at the suspects' vehicle as it fled southbound on Mahanna Avenue. Investigators don't believe a suspect was hit by the officer's gunfire.

Neighborhood streets in the area were closed off for several hours as police searched for the two suspects, who still remain at large. Police did not have a description of the pair.

Anyone with information about the shooting can call police homicide detectives at (562) 570-7244.

-- Ruben Vives