Police have arrested two men involved with a string of shootings dating back to 2012, charging one with murder, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) announced today.
The LBPD conducted a lengthy investigation over the years, yielding the arrests of 22-year-old Christopher Martinez and 22-year-old Kevon Javier Davis, both residents of Long Beach. Martinez was arrested on February 26 for his involvement in multiple gang-related shootings that took place between December 2012 and November 2015, while Javier Davis was arrested yesterday.
According to the LBPD, cops were dispatched to the first incident on the 6500 Paramount Boulevard on December 11, 2012 at roughly 9:40PM. The incident resulted in the injury of an adult man, who was transported to the hospital with multiple gunshot injuries by the Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) and survived.
The second incident occurred on January 16, 2013 at 8:30PM. Officers were dispatched to a shooting call on the 1700 block of Cherry Avenue, where they discovered the victim, 25-year-old Levert Johnson, had been standing at a bus stop when a group of men confronted him. Words were exchanged and the suspect pulled out a handgun, shooting Johnson multiple times, according to the LBPD. The victim was then transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries upon arrival.
The third known incident occurred on November 25 at 1:50PM, when officers received a shots heard call near east Pacific Coast Highway and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Upon arrival, officers found a vehicle with damage, but no victims. Detectives from the Gang Investigation Section responded to begin an investigation, assisted by the West Division Enforcement team and Narcotics Investigation detectives.
During the investigation, police discovered Martinez was involved in all three incidents. After Martinez’ location and February arrest, he was arraigned on March 1 and charged with one count of murder, one count of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a firearm, one count of discharging a firearm with gross negligence and three gun enhancements. He is currently being held at Los Angeles County jail with bail set at $5 million.
Javier Davis was arrested yesterday for his involvement in the November shooting at 9:11AM after West Division Enforcement officers tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation at Fifth Street and Chestnut Avenue. Davis failed to stop and a low speed pursuit ensued, before Davis stopped his vehicle at the 300 block of Daisy Avenue and surrendered to police officials without incident.
Davis was booked for assault with a firearm, a gang enhancement and evading a police officer, according to the release. He is being held at Long Beach City Jail without bail, due to probation violations and will be arraigned on March 7.
The investigations remain ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the murder is urged to call Homicide Detective Donald Goodman at 562.570.7244. Anyone with information regarding the shootings is urged to call the Gang Investigation Section at 562.570.7370. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1.800.222.TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.
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