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A man and two teenagers were arrested after two adults and a teen were injured in a drive-by shooting outside a Hooters restaurant in southern California on Saturday, authorities said.
Filming took place around 7:30 p.m. in front of the Pike Outlets on Shoreline Drive and Aquarium Way in Long Beach.
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Responding officers provided first aid to the three victims at the scene before Long Beach firefighters rushed them to hospital, Long Beach police said in a press release.
Two male victims, 23 and 18, were hit in the upper body, police said. A 13-year-old boy was hit in the lower body. While the 23-year-old was listed in critical condition, the other man and boy were listed in stable condition.
Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna told the Press Telegram that the victims were standing in front of the Hooters when a hail of bullets struck them and the store.
Officials nearby conducted a traffic check on a vehicle that had escaped from the scene and arrested three people inside as possible suspects, police said. They were arrested after officers clearly identified them as involved in the shooting.
One suspect has been identified as 23-year-old Jonathan Rodriguez-Zamora from Wilmington, police said. He was charged with attempted murder on three counts, shot into an occupied apartment, carried a hidden weapon, and driven the car involved in the shooting. He was being held on bail of $ 3,000,000.
The other suspects were described as adolescents aged 15 and 17 years. They have been charged with attempted murder, attack with a lethal weapon and shooting into an occupied apartment, police said. The 17-year-old was also suspected of altering a firearm in public places and of carrying a loaded firearm.
While the police are yet to determine the motive for the shooting, the detectives may be investigating in connection with a gang.
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Luna issued a written statement thanking members of the community for providing important information to officers during the incident. He also thanked the officers for arresting the suspects quickly.
“I would also like to thank the Long Beach police officers who acted quickly to assist all three victims and risked their lives to arrest the dangerous armed people believed to be responsible for this crime,” Luna said .