Authorities on Tuesday announced a dozen arrests in connection with a gang-related shooting at a Long Beach party last fall that killed three men and injured nine others.
The shooting took place around 10.40 p.m. October 29th at a Halloween party on the 2700 block on East 7th Street in Rose Park. Maurice Poe Jr., 25, of Long Beach; Melvin Williams II, 35, of Gardena; and Ricardo Torres, 28, of Inglewood, died on the scene.
Long Beach police chief Robert Luna said authorities from various law enforcement agencies issued 15 search warrants, seven in Long Beach and eight in various other cities, and made arrests from Sept. 2-5. He said two of the 12 suspects were already detained for unrelated crimes.
About 25 to 30 people were in the back yard of the house when suspects opened fire into the crowd from the alley, the boss said.
"Ballistics confirmed that the shots were fired from three different handguns," Luna said during a morning briefing on the case.
He said investigators discovered that eight suspects belonging to a Long Beach gang drove to the scene in three vehicles and targeted the gathering. The eight suspects parked near the house and headed for the alley, Luna said.
"This is an extremely complex and detailed case, and we now know that this was a pre-planned attack on what the suspects mistakenly believed to be a party of rival gang members," Luna said. "None of the victims of this party." were gang members. & # 39; & # 39;
Many of the partiers worked together and lived outside of Long Beach, he said.
According to Luna, authorities confiscated eight firearms during the investigation and pending forensic analysis to determine whether they were used in the shooting.
"We believe we have the shooters – the three shooters who were responsible for shooting indiscriminately into this backyard – in custody," Luna said. "We're assuming the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office will charge them all with murder."
Luna said he believes the majority of the suspects will be charged with murder and the others with guns.
Police identified those arrested within three days last week as:
- David Long, 20, of Long Beach, arrested in Long Beach and booked on suspicion of murder, with $ 2 million bail;
- Christopher Williams, 28, from Redlands, arrested in Redlands, has been booked on suspicion of murder and is being held on bail of $ 2 million.
- Long Beach, 18-year-old Ryan Sim was arrested in San Jose, booked on suspicion of murder, and held on bail of $ 2 million.
- Kaylin Thik, 21, of Ontario, was arrested in Ontario, booked on suspicion of murder and held on $ 2 million bail.
- Derrik Mith, 27, of Ontario, was arrested in Ontario on suspicion of being a criminal in possession of a firearm, booked and held on bail of $ 35,000.
- Joshua Sam, 41, of Long Beach, was arrested in Long Beach, booked on suspicion of murder and held on $ 2 million bail.
- Orange, 35-year-old Grant Johnson was arrested in Orange, booked on suspicion of murder and held on bail of $ 2 million.
- Dara Chhun, 27, of Spring Valley, was arrested in Spring Valley on suspicion of being a companion in the murder, booked and held on $ 1 million bail.
- Samnang Long, 37, of Long Beach, was arrested in Long Beach, booked on suspicion of possession of a firearm, and held on bail of $ 35,000. and
- Andy Prok, 28, of Long Beach, was arrested in Long Beach on suspicion of carrying a loaded gun in public, booked and held on bail of $ 35,000.
Two other suspects have already been detained for crimes, with detectives believing they were involved in the 2019 killings, police said. You are:
- Danny Sourn, 26, of Long Beach, who was previously in custody in connection with a 2018 homicide police, said. Sourn has been booked on suspicion of murder and is being held on bail of $ 2 million. and
- Jeremy Penh, 25, of Long Beach, who was already in custody in connection with a murder attempt in 2020. Penh is being held on bail of $ 1 million.
Following the murders, the man who rents the house where the shooting took place informed the Long Beach Post that his son Daniel Chan was holding a birthday party for one of his employees. Chan Hou said his family was safe, but some friends were killed.
A witness said he heard up to 30 gunshots. Toni Guinyard will report for Today in LA on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 4 a.m.
Poe was an aspiring entrepreneur with a 3-year-old daughter and "was full of life," his father told the Post. Williams sang in his church choir and was "the light that brightened the room," his stepbrother Long Beach told Press-Telegram. Torres was a line chef at the nameless South Bay Company, where many of the partygoers worked.
"He was a great person … he always made you feel welcome," a friend told the Post.
Police identified the wounded victims as a 20 year old woman from Anaheim, a 27 year old woman from Hawthorne, a 27 year old man from Cudahy, a 28 year old woman from Los Angeles, a 28 year old. A woman from Gardena, a 29-year-old man from Hawthorne, a 30-year-old woman from Compton, a 32-year-old woman from Lawndale, and a 49-year-old woman from Los Angeles.