Police make arrest in deadly garage shooting but say more suspects may still be loose

Long Beach police arrested a man near his home in West Long Beach Thursday afternoon in connection with a deadly shooting about two months earlier, authorities said.

Police said they believe 19-year-old Vai Ho-Ching, of Long Beach, shot 40-year-old Daniel Jacinto in a residential garage in the 1900 block of Canal Avenue around 1:30 a.m. on April 2.

Jacinto was found on the ground suffering from gunshot wounds to his upper body on the corner of Canal Avenue and Summit Street, according to police. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers said they followed a blood trail and found a second victim in an adjacent garage who was transported to a local hospital in stable but critical condition.

Police said that the suspect and victims were involved in a brief verbal exchange before the shooting took place. A neighbor, who declined to identify herself, said at the time that she heard a woman screaming before hearing shots ring out, then a brief pause, followed by more shots.

Investigators believe the victims and the suspect knew each other and got into a dispute inside the garage, according to a police statement.

Detectives previously said they believe the shooting may be gang-related. They have not detailed any further motive but said they believe there may be more suspects involved.

Ho-Ching was booked on suspicion of murder and held in the Long Beach City Jail on $2 million bail, police said.

“Detectives will continue to evaluate evidence and seek out additional witnesses until everyone who played a role in the murder has been arrested,” police said in a statement.

They asked that anyone with any information contact Detectives Eric Thai or Ethan Shear at 562-570-7244.

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Cheantay Jensen is reporter and award-winning videographer who covers entertainment, art, food and culture for the Hi-lo section of the Long Beach Post. And sometimes breaking news, you know, just to keep things interesting.