LONG BEACH – A 19-year-old man was arrested for allegedly killing a man and injuring a woman in a shooting in Long Beach, police announced Monday.
Jimmy Ray Hawkins Jr., 47, and the unidentified woman were seated in a parked vehicle in the 3300 block of Andy Street on April 22 when two suspects approached them in a light-colored sedan and opened fire, the Long Beach Police Department reported.
Officers were dispatched to the scene of the shooting and arriving paramedics pronounced Hawkins, a Bellflower resident, dead at the scene. Paramedics also rushed the woman inside the vehicle to a hospital in critical condition, where she was treated and subsequently listed in stable condition.
The light-colored sedan and the suspects inside that vehicle fled the location prior to police arrival. However, LBPD units arrested Santiago Rivera of Signal Hill on Thursday in connection with an unrelated murder and “discovered incriminating evidence” that linked him to the April 22 shooting.
Santiago was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, and was being held on $6 million bail.
No information was available on the second suspect in the shooting.
Long Beach police homicide detectives are investigating the shooting as being possibly gang-related, and urged anyone with information regarding the shooting to call them at 562-570-7244 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.