Long Beach police makes 4th arrest in fatal Central Long Beach shooting

The Long Beach Police Department arrested a woman on suspicion of being an accessory to a fatal shooting on June 29 on Rose Avenue near 14th Street.

Authorities identified the shooting victim as 33-year-old Long Beach resident Soktear Phuy.

On July 22, police arrested 23-year-old Long Beach resident Maria Urieta, who they have accused of providing aid to Juan Lopez, who was arrested earlier on suspicion of murder, to protect him from trial, conviction or sentencing, police said. She is being held at Long Beach City Jail on $1 million bail, according to police records.

Earlier this month, police said they arrested three individuals: Lopez, 20; Ricardo Frias, 20, who was arrested on suspicion of murder and one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute; and Brandon Garcia, 23, who was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

Lopez and Frias are Long Beach residents; Garcia lives in Hawaiian Gardens.

The three men are being held at the Long Beach City jail, each on a $2 million bail, police said.

The arrests come after detectives had been “investigating a series of similar shootings in recent months, all believed to be gang-related while involving many of the same suspects,” police said in a statement.

Police could not immediately provide more details about the other shootings. Late last month, however, multiple shootings erupted in Long Beach in which some residents alleged were gang-related.

The LBPD identifies crimes as gang-related if it believes they were committed “for the benefit of, at the direction of or in association with any criminal street gang.”

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Sebastian Echeverry is the North Long Beach reporter through the Report for America program. Philanthropic organizations pledged to cover the local donor portion of his grant-funded position with the Long Beach Post. If you want to support Sebastian's work, you can donate to his Report for America position at lbpost.com/support.
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