Three men charged in Long Beach shooting that left one man dead

Three people are facing charges stemming from the apparent gang-related shooting death of a 33-year-old man in Long Beach, the District Attorney’s Office reported today.

Juan Lopez, 20, of Long Beach, was charged Friday with murder in the killing of Soktear Phuy late last month. Lopez is also facing three counts of attempted murder and an allegation that he personally used a gun.

Brandon Garcia, 23, of Hawaiian Gardens, and Andrew Miranda, 29, are facing four and three counts of attempted murder, respectively, as well as gun allegations.

All three men appeared in a Long Beach courtroom last week, but did not enter pleas. They are scheduled to be arraigned on July 28.

Richard Frias, 20, of Long Beach, was booked by police on suspicion of murder and possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, but was not charged in the criminal complaint.

The shooting was reported about 7:40 p.m. June 29 in the 1400 block of Rose Avenue. Responding officers found Phuy lying in the courtyard of aLong Beach apartment building with gunshot wounds to his chest.

Paramedics took him to a hospital, where he died.

“The exact motive for the shooting is currently unknown,” police said at the time of the arrests. “However, the incident is being investigated as gang-related.”

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