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Example of Long Beach police car. MyNewsLA.com photo by John Schreiber.

Long Beach police Sunday were trying to figure out why two adults and a 13-year-old boy were targeted in a drive-by shooting outside a busy downtown Hooter’s restaurant in which all three victims were wounded.

One of those shot was hospitalized in critical condition, and three “persons of interest” were detained for questioning.

The horrifying attack near the Aquarium of the Pacific in downtown Long Beach took place in the early evening Saturday as skies were still light and tourists and locals walked along the usually busy Saturday night downtown sidewalks.

The shooting occurred about 7:30 p.m. outside the Hooter’s near Chestnut Place and Shoreline Drive, according to Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna.

Luna confirmed to reporters at the scene that two men and the young teen were wounded. He said one victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition, but Luna did not specify which.

Witnesses at the scene said the shots were fired from a vehicle.

Luna said three persons of interest were detained for questioning.

Whether the shooting was gang related was “on the table,” Luna said.

No other details about the victims, those detained or a motive were available from authorities.

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