The coroner’s office Monday said a man shot dead in an alleyway behind a home in Long Beach was homeless.

Joseph Roque was 33, coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz said.

Officers were dispatched at 2:05 a.m. Sunday to the 700 block of East Sixth Street to a “shots” call, the Long Beach Police Department reported.

The victim now identified as Roque had gunshot wounds to his upper body and paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

“The preliminary investigation revealed a brief verbal dispute took place between the victim and a male adult suspect, which led to the shooting,” according to a news statement. “The suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction and remains outstanding.”

The attack may have been gang related, police said.

Homicide detectives asked anyone with information regarding the shooting to call them at 562-570-7244.

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