Authorities Friday identified a 14-year-old boy who died in an apparent gang-related shooting in Long Beach, and detectives continued their efforts to solve the crime.

Police were sent to the 1400 block of St. Louis Avenue about 8:50 p.m. Wednesday on a report that a person was lying on the street, apparently injured.

Firefighters at the scene found gunshot wounds to his upper body, according to police. Arthur Touch, 14, of Long Beach, died at scene, according to the coroner’s office.

Police have not determined what led to the shooting, which was being investigated as gang-related. No arrests have been reported, and no description has been released of a suspect or suspects.

Anyone with information on the crime was urged to call police at 562-570-7244, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.


By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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