Police investigate non-fatal shooting in LA River, find suspicious device nearby

A man was shot in the Los Angeles River channel near Artesia Boulevard Tuesday afternoon, Long Beach police said.

Police were called to the scene at about 2:30 p.m. where they found a man with gunshot wounds to his upper and lower body, according to Officer Ivan Garcia.

Paramedics took him to a local hospital, and his wounds are believed to be non-life threatening, Garcia said.

Police do not have a suspect description available and they do not yet know why the man was shot.

While police were investigating the shooting, they discovered a suspicious package within the crime scene and called the LA County bomb squad, which later “rendered the package safe.”

The squad determined it to be a “hoax device,” police said.

The investigation impacted vehicle traffic between Atlantic Avenue and the 710 freeway, Garcia said.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with more information from police. 

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.