UPDATE | The coroner’s office today released the name of a man killed when he was shot during an argument at an illegal gambling establishment in Long Beach.
He was Marvey Alofaituli, 54, coroner’s Lt. Nani Cholakians said. Long Beach police said Alofaituli was a Lakewood resident.
Two others were wounded in the gunfire, including suspect David Gonzalez, 23, of Norwalk.
PREVIOUSLY: Man dies after shooting at illegal gambling parlor; suspect arrested, police say
10/16/19 at 12:14 p.m. | By Valerie Osier | Long Beach police have arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of murder after a shooting at an illegal gambling establishment early Tuesday morning killed a 54-year-old Lakewood man, authorities said.
Police were called about the shooting at 10th Street just west of Long Beach Boulevard at about 3:45 a.m. There, they found a man with gunshot wounds to his upper body. He was taken to a local hospital in critical condition and he later succumbed to his injuries, according to police.
Officers found the suspect, David Gonzalez from Norwalk, with minor injuries at the scene and took him into custody after he was treated at a local hospital, police said. He was arrested on suspicion of murder and held for violating his parole at a Los Angeles jail without bail, according to police.
“Based on their investigation, Homicide Detectives believe Gonzalez was a customer engaged in illegal gambling when he brandished a firearm and shot the victim during a physical altercation inside the business,” police said in a release. “Immediately after Gonzalez discharged his firearm, the other subjects inside the establishment intervened, which resulted in Gonzalez sustaining his injuries.”
Detectives don’t believe there was a relationship between Gonzalez and the victim, whom they only identified by his age and city of residence. They are still investigating the exact motive for the shooting. Detectives will present their case to prosecutors later this week, police said.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call homicide detectives Michael Hubbard or Leticia Gamboa at 562-570-7244.
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