LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Police searched on Sunday for as many as three men who were involved in the late-night shooting of an anti-gang detective wounded as he drove in a squad car with another officer, authorities said.
Some 60 to 70 officers spread out in the MacArthur Park area and looked for two, possibly three men, who fled in a car, spokesman Sgt. Rico Fernandez said.
Two officers were driving at about 11 p.m. Saturday near Anaheim Street and Gundry Avenue when a gunman opened fire, hitting a detective in the upper body, Fernandez told The Associated Press.
A patrol officer who happened to be nearby heard the shots and saw the suspects, Fernandez said. The officer fired at the suspects as they fled, he said, but it was unclear whether any was hit.
The 30-year-old detective, who is a seven-year veteran, was hospitalized in stable condition, Fernandez said.
The shooting comes less than three months after a Southern California police officer was fatally wounded. Riverside Officer Ryan Bonaminio was shot in an ambush Nov. 7. A suspect has been charged with murder in his death.
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