Parking Lot Shooting Mars Long Beach Poly Graduation

From a Times Staff Writer

A shooting in a parking lot at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Long Beach marred the graduation ceremony for Long Beach Polytechnic High School late Wednesday evening.

The shooting occurred about 8:40 p.m. during a fight outside the stadium.

Authorities believe that someone was injured and driven from the scene because they discovered drops of blood. The victim, however, had not shown up at any area hospital, officials said.

Two handguns were found at the scene, but it was unclear if either was the weapon involved.

The graduation ceremony was just ending when the shooting occurred. The resulting police investigation caused long delays for people leaving the stadium.

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