Man killed, 7-year-old son injured in shooting in Long Beach

Police are looking for a suspect after a man was killed and his 7-year-old son injured in Long Beach on Father’s Day, authorities said.

Officers were dispatched to the intersection of Anaheim Street and Roswell Avenue at 8:46 p.m. Sunday, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

Officers found a man in a vehicle with gunshot wounds to the upper body, police said. Firefighters rushed the victim, identified Monday as 30-year-old Palmdale resident Leevi Matuni Maseuli, to a hospital where he died.

Maseuli’s son was also in the vehicle during the shooting, police said. The boy was not shot, but suffered “minor non-life-threatening injuries.” Authorities did not say how he was injured.

The boy was taken to a hospital for treatment and released into his mother’s care shortly after, police said, adding that emotional support services were offered to Maseuli’s family.

“Not to commit such a heinous crime under any circumstances is unacceptable, but doing so on Father’s Day in front of the victim’s child is even more disgraceful,” Long Beach Police Chief Wally Hebeish said. “This blatant disregard for our community will not go unanswered and our investigators are working diligently to identify everyone involved in the victim’s death.”

Few details about the shooting were released on Monday.

A preliminary investigation found Maseuli was in the vehicle when he was shot, police said.

“At this time, there is no suspicious description or known motive for the shooting,” the Long Beach Police Department said in a release.

Anyone with information is asked to call Dets. Michael Hubbard and Jesus Espinoza at (562) 570-7244.

Anonymous tips can be sent to Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or Man killed, 7-year-old son injured in shooting in Long Beach

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