Man charged with murder of woman killed by stray bullet in Downtown

A Sylmar man could face 100 years to life in state prison after being charged with one count of murder in the Dec. 1 shooting that killed a 24-year-old bystander who was headed to her car with friends after a night out near 4th Street and Pacific Avenue in Downtown.

Thomas McCreary, 42, appeared in a Long Beach courtroom Tuesday afternoon for the first time since being arrested Friday night in connection with the shooting death of Anna Perez.

The murder charge also carried special allegations of personally and intentionally discharging a firearm causing great bodily injury and death.

The court-date was postponed and McCreary did not enter a plea to the charges.

Perez was hit and killed by a stray bullet on Dec. 1 after McCreary reportedly got into an argument with a person and fired multiple shots, prosecutors said. She was not involved with either party in the argument.

Prosecutors also said McCreary is a parolee and was convicted of first-degree residential burglary in 2007.

McCreary’s arraignment was delayed to Dec. 20 after his attorney requested the proceedings to be continued. He is being held in lieu of $4 million bail.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.