Long Beach to show unity against shootings

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Long Beach city leaders and residents plan to hold a community vigil Tuesday in the city's North Park neighborhood, which was rattled by a shooting over the weekend.

City police are investigating the shooting, which hospitalized an Inwood man. The shooting occurred near the intersection of National Boulevard and West Fulton Street just before midnight Saturday, police said.

The vigil is scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m. at 500 Centre St. and is expected to last about an hour, organizers said.


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Some residents said they were concerned the shooting happened so close to the Long Beach Recreation Center, and want to hold the vigil to show that the community is united against violence, organizers said.

"The community will be coming together as a show of unity," said Scott Mandel, city council president, who added that "one shooting is one too many."

Officers responded and found the Inwood man, whom they declined to identify, lying in the road with gunshot wounds, police said in a statement. He was taken to South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Police also found two rifles and 31 shell casings of varying calibers in the area of the shooting, said police spokesman Lt. Eric Cregeen. He said there is a "person of interest" in the case.

The shooting occurred in the vicinity of the Channel Park Homes public housing development, and unnerved residents of the complex, said Paul Goodman, executive director of the Long Beach Housing Authority. Gunshots that were fired during the incident broke a window of one resident's apartment while they were home, Goodman said.

"I'm working with the community and the police department to be of any assistance the housing authority can be," Goodman said.

Police ask that anyone with informatiom about the shooting call 516-705-7370. All calls will remain anonymous, police said.

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