Officials identify victim killed at after-hours party as 19-year-old man

The Los Angeles County Coroner has identified the young man who was shot and killed at a large party in North Long Beach as 19-year-old Shemar Alexander.

Alexander was at a “large gathering” Thursday night in North Long Beach when police believe he got into a dispute with someone at the party and was shot, police said.

The suspects fled the scene before police got there at about 11:50 p.m. Alexander died later at a local hospital, authorities said.

Police have released few additional details on the case, but they previously said the party of about 50 to 75 people was at a clothing and crystal store called Self Made Designers on Artesia Boulevard. It’s still unclear who is actually responsible for throwing the party, a police spokeswoman said.

It’s also unclear if the business or building owner will be fined for hosting a large gathering in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Long Beach Code Enforcement said they do not have any open complaints at the address.

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. 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.