Suspected killer shot man in 2018 during argument over bike, DA says

A deadly shooting in 2018 was sparked by an argument over a bicycle, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said today.

The DA revealed the information in a statement announcing a judge had ruled there was enough evidence to hold the suspect, Junior Alexander Munguia, on a charge of murder with a handgun.

Munguia, a 22-year-old Long Beach man who also goes by Chuy, is accused of leaving 46-year-old Fernando Rodriguez wounded in the street near 17th Street and Henderson Avenue on Sept. 17, 2018.

The DA’s office said Munguia shot Rodriguez in the face “during an argument about who was the owner of a bicycle.”

Rodriguez died at the hospital two days later, according to the Long Beach Police department.

Rodriguez had a wife and four kids according to a worker at an auto shop in Central Long Beach where Rodriguez would help out or collect recyclables to make money.

“He was friendly to everybody,” the worker said.

Police said they arrested Munguia in November 2018 about a mile from where Rodriguez was shot.

He pleaded not guilty shortly after, but in October, a judge decided there was enough evidence to hold him for a full trial, which will require him to enter a plea once again. Munguia, was expected back in court today to answer the charges.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.
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