LONG BEACH (CBSLA) – A man was shot and killed in the drive thru of a Jack in the Box restaurant in Long Beach overnight Tuesday.
At 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, Long Beach police were called to the 52nd Street and Atlantic Avenue to find a man in a car with a gunshot wound to his upper torso.
Paramedics tried to resuscitate him, but he died at the scene, police said.
He was identified later Wednesday by his father as 20-year-old Guy Alford III.
“Someone took my future from me,” said his father. He spoke to CBS2’s Dave Lopez while clutching a photo of his son.
Security video from a nearby business viewed by CBS2 showed Alford’s car pulling up to the drive thru while another car pulled in behind. Three suspects got out of that car and ran up to the Alford’s vehicle. There was a flash, which appeared to be a gunshot, then four people in Alford’s car got out and ran. The suspect vehicle then sped away.
Minutes later, Alford’s car backed up and stopped in the parking lot.
Alford was a well-known football player in this community who played for the Long Beach City College Vikings last season, his father said.
Detectives were trying to determine whether Alford was targeted or if the shooting was random in nature. There was no immediate suspect information.
The Jack in the Box is located on a stretch of Atlantic Avenue with several other businesses. Police are hoping more footage from nearby security cameras will assist in piecing together the circumstances of the shooting.