Police Tuesday released images of a car driven by a suspect who struck a pedestrian in Long Beach, then fatally stabbed him during an ensuing fight last month.
Officers responded about 9:30 p.m. on July 11 to a report of a possible stabbing near the intersection of Orange Avenue and Wardlow Road and found the victim, according to the Long Beach Police Department.
David Michael Gross, 51, of Long Beach died at a hospital, police said.
“The preliminary investigation determined the suspect vehicle, being driven by a male subject, may have struck the victim as he was crossing the street,” according to a police statement issued a day after the stabbing. “The victim and male subject then became involved in a dispute, which resulted in the suspect stabbing the victim. The suspect then fled northbound on Orange Avenue, in a white vehicle.”
Detectives obtained surveillance video of the car, described as a white 2011- to 2014-model Mazda 3 hatchback. The Mazda was already missing a bumper and may have sustained damage to the passenger-side mirror from striking the victim, police said.
Anyone with information regarding the car or its owner was urged to call Long Beach Police homicide Detectives Todd Johnson and Don Collier at (562) 570-7244.
Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS or at lacrimestoppers.org.