Long Beach mother shot dead on 3-year-old son’s birthday

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A 23-year-old mother was shot and killed in Long Beach Thursday morning on her son’s third birthday, police said.

Jazzmine Wash, of Long Beach, had stepped outside of her apartment to grab her 3-year-old’s diaper bag when she was shot multiple times in the torso, police said. She died at the scene.

The shooting happened at an apartment complex on Walnut Avenue near 5th Street about 6:20 a.m., detectives said.

Neighbors said Wash had been planning a birthday party for her son when she was killed.

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“They were going to take them to Chuck E. Cheese,” Shawn Mallory said. “We’re all pretty upset. This is a tight-knit community here, so the neighbors all know eachother.”

Wash’s landlord described the victim as a polite young woman who had no enemies. She had just started a new job.

Wash’s son was inside the home at the time of the shooting and did not witness his mother’s killing, police said.

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