Detectives Seek Additional Info on Two Homicides

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On Friday, June 5, 2015, at approximately 10:00 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to a shooting in the 1200 block of E. 17th Street, which resulted in the death of a male adult.

When officers arrived, they discovered the victim, identified as 20-year-old Anthony Holston of Long Beach, had been struck in the upper body by gunfire. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics transported Victim Holston to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

The preliminary investigation revealed the victim had become involved in a dispute with an unknown number of male subjects. The dispute escalated and there was an exchange of gunfire between the victim and suspect(s), who remain outstanding. The incident is being investigated as possibly gang-related.

At approximately, 11:55 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to a shooting in the 5400 block of Elm Avenue, which resulted in the death of a male adult.

When officers arrived, they discovered the victim, identified as 18-year-old Ruben Martinez Barrera of Long Beach, who had been struck by gunfire in the upper body. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the victim deceased at the scene.

A motive for the shooting is unknown, however, detectives are investigating the incident as possibly gang-related. No suspect information is available at this time.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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