UPDATE: Police arrest man suspected of twice shooting at pair of women

Police arrested a gunman suspected of twice opening fire on a pair of women near Downtown Long Beach Monday morning, according to authorities.

Neither woman was hurt by the gunfire, but police quickly swarmed the two crime scenes starting with one in an alleyway near Magnolia Avenue and Eighth Street.

Neighbors said they heard a burst of gunshots there around 10:50 a.m.

Rick Haley, who lives nearby, said he thought the noise was fireworks. He didn’t come outside to see what was going on until he heard sirens. When he did, he saw one of the women trying to point officers in the direction of the shooter.

Police markers are seen in an alleyway as Long Beach police investigate a shooting near Magnolia Avenue and Eighth Street in Long Beach Monday, Dec 9, 2019. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

“I guess he was shooting at her,” he said. “She was quite distraught.”

Police said the women told detectives “that they were walking in the area when they were approached by an adult male suspect who fired shots towards them then fled.”

While officers were still at the scene, they learned the gunman may have also fired at the women in an alley near Daisy Avenue and Third Street, just across from the Long Beach Courthouse.

When officers got there, they found bullet casings, LBPD spokeswoman Jennifer De Prez said.

A Long Beach police sergeant walks away from a vehicle that was at the shooting scene. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Police said an argument between the two women and the gunman broke out before the gunfire. He and at least one of the women know each other, authorities said.

Haley said one woman told officers the gunman was her boyfriend.

By Monday evening, police were able to track the man to a home in Los Angeles, LBPD spokeswoman Shaunna Dandoy said.

He was arrested there on suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a firearm, according to a jail log. He was held on $3 million bail, according to the log, which identified him as Anthony Johnson, a 25-year-old who lives near the scene of one of the shootings.

Detectives have at least one of the shootings on video, thanks to cameras from a condo complex on Magnolia, according to a resident there.

Editor’s note: This story was updated Tuesday with information about Johnson’s arrest.

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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.