Search Continues for Gunman in Long Beach Shooting That Injured 10-Year-Old Boy

Young victim was looking forward to visitng Knott's Berry Farm on Saturday, but was critically injured on Friday

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    Police are looking for four men involved in a gas station shooting in Long Beach City Councilman Al Austin visited with the family of a 10-year-old boy who was shot while sitting in his parents’ sport utility vehicle at a gas station. Austin says the little boy is recovering, and is anxious for an arrest in the case that wounded him. Hetty Chang reports from Long Beach for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on March 25, 2013. (Published Monday, Mar 25, 2013)

    Police are still searching Monday for at least four men seen leaving the scene of a shooting at a Long Beach gas station that left two bystanders -- including a 10-year-old boy-- injured.

    The boy was struck as he sat in the backseat of his family's sport utility vehicle, parked at pump No. 1. Witnesses said the boy told his parents that his chest "felt hot" after the bullet pierced the SUV. His mother saw blood running down his chest.

    Child Caught in Crossfire Fights for Life

    [LA] Child Caught in Crossfire Fights for Life
    A young boy was hospitalized in critical condition Saturday after a Friday night shooting. Police say he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Tena Ezzeddine reports for the NBC4 News at 6pm on Saturday, March 23, 2013 (Published Saturday, Mar 23, 2013)

    His parents -- who hadn't yet filled up their tank -- drove to the police station a quarter mile away for fear they couldn't make it to the hospital without running out of fuel, according to Long Beach City Councilman Al Austin, who visited the family in the hospital last weekend.

    Police officers drove the boy to the emergency room. No arrests had been made as of Monday evening.

    "His son's primary concern was, did they catch the guy who shot him?" Austin said after meeting with the family.

    The boy, who attends elementary school less than a block away from where the shooting happened, was stable Monday afternoon, officials said. The young victim has not been identified.

    "We know he's a young boy who likes to play football," Austin said. "His dad was telling me they were just playing catch that day, and they were actually looking forward to going to Knott's Berry Farm on that Saturday."

    Surveillance footage shows four men running through a gas station at the corner of Long Beach and Del Amo boulevards about 8 p.m. Friday, said Nancy Pratt, spokeswoman for the Long Beach Police Department.

    Shots struck the 10-year-old boy sitting in his parent’s SUV at pump No. 1. Another bystander at the gas station was hit by the crossfire. His injuries were non-life threatening, Pratt said.

    A group of men were arguing near the gas station before the shooting occurred, Pratt said.

    The family was in the "wrong place at the wrong time," she said.

    Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Long Beach police detectives at 562-570-7250.

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