Man fatally shot while sitting next to his son on Father’s Day in Long Beach

Authorities publicly identified a 30-year-old man on Monday who was found fatally shot inside a vehicle next to his son on Father’s Day in Long Beach.

Officers were summoned to the intersection of Anaheim Street and Roswell Avenue at about 8:45 p.m. Sunday, and found Leevi Matuni Maseuli of Palmdale with a gunshot wound to his upper body. He was sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle, next to his 7-year-old son in the passenger’s seat, Long Beach Police Department Lt. Dominick Scaccia said.

“To commit such a heinous crime in any circumstance is unacceptable, but to do so on Father’s Day in front of the victim’s child is even more disgraceful,” LBPD Chief Wally Hebeish said. “This blatant disregard for our community will not go unanswered and our investigators are working diligently to identify anyone involved in the victim’s death.”

Paramedics took him to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, Scaccia said. His son was not struck by gunfire, but was hospitalized with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, police said.

A motive for the shooting was not known, Scaccia said. Homicide detectives were investigating.

“No child should ever have to endure an experience like this and I am asking the public to please speak up with any information, no matter how small, that could help us find those responsible for this callous act of violence,” Hebeish said.

Anyone with information on the shooting was asked to call LBPD Detectives Michael Hubbard and Jesus Espinoza at 562-570-7244. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at

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