Police Investigate Two Weekend Shootings That Resulted in Homicides

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murderOn Friday, July 20, 2012, at approximately 7:30 p.m., a shooting occurred in the area of Ohio Avenue and Anaheim Street that resulted in the death of a male adult.

The preliminary investigation indicated that two groups of males were on Ohio Avenue just south of Anaheim Street when they became involved in a confrontation. One subject from a group pulled out a gun and fired several rounds into the other group, striking one individual. That victim was struck multiple times in the torso, was transported to a local hospital in critical condition, and pronounced deceased later in the evening. He is only being identified as a 21-year-old male, believed to be from Long Beach, until next of kin can be notified.

A motive for the shooting is undetermined, but the incident is being investigated as gang-related. No suspect information is available at this time.

On Saturday, July 21, 2012, at approximately 11:30 p.m., a shooting occurred at a park located on Cherry Avenue and 45th Street, which resulted in the death of one male adult and the injuring of two other adults.

When officers arrived, they discovered three shooting victims in the park. All three were transported to local hospitals by Long Beach Fire Department paramedics. Two of the victims, a 39-year-old male and a 41-year-old female, both from Long Beach, sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The third victim, identified as 32-year-old Branson Foster of Paramount, was struck multiple times over various parts of his body and was pronounced deceased a short time after arriving at the hospital.

The preliminary investigation indicated there was a group of people at the park for a family gathering when they were approached by two male subjects. Both subjects approached the group, produced handguns, and fired multiple rounds into the group, striking the three victims. The suspects, who are described as two male Pacific Islanders in their late teens or early 20’s, fled the area on foot.

It doesn’t appear a confrontation occurred prior to the shooting, or that the victims were gang affiliated. A motive has not yet been determined and the investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Scott Lasch and Donald Goodman at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting www.tipsoft.com.

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