An argument between two men in Long Beach escalated into a shooting, leaving one man hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the lower body while the other man fled the scene, authorities said Sunday.

Officers were dispatched at about 9:40 p.m. Saturday to the 1700 block of Chestnut Avenue regarding a shooting and found one victim suffering from a non-life-threatening wound, the Long Beach Police Department reported.

Paramedics rushed him to a hospital.

The victim had been in a verbal dispute with another man when the suspect shot him and fled the scene in a vehicle in an unknown direction, police said.

Officers found evidence at the scene, including shell casings, the LBPD said. No other injuries were reported and the investigation was ongoing.

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