Suspect Arrested in Connection with Deadly Long Beach Shooting

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Detectives have arrested a suspect in the fatal Sept. 17 shooting of another man during an argument in Long Beach, authorities announced Saturday.

The 1400 block of Long Beach Boulevard in Long Beach, as pictured in a Google Street View image in June of 2017.

The 1400 block of Long Beach Boulevard in Long Beach, as pictured in a Google Street View image in June of 2017.

Junior Alexander Munguia, 21, is accused of the murder of 46-year-old Fernando Rodriguez of Long Beach, the Long Beach Police Department said in a written statement.

Investigators found and arrested Munguia Thursday morning in the area of 17th Street and Henderson Avenue, according to police and Los Angeles County booking records.

The shooting took place about 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 17 in the 1400 block of Long Beach Boulevard.

Rodriguez was found lying wounded in the street, police said. He was taken to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries two days later.

An autopsy determined Rodriguez died from a gunshot wound to the neck, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner’s records show.

“Through an extensive investigation, detectives learned Munguia was responsible for victim Rodriguez’s murder after an altercation had occurred,” according to the police statement.

Information regarding a motive in the killing was not released, however, police said there was no indication the shooting was gang related.

Bail for Munguia was set at $2 million pending his initial court appearance, booking records show. Police said investigators plan to present their case to prosecutors on Monday.

Anyone with information on the shooting can reach Detective Sean Irving or Detective Ben Vargas at 562-570-7244. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.


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