Police arrest suspect in fatal shooting at illegal gambling ring

Police have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of a 49-year-old Long Beach man at an illegal gambling ring in August.

Johnny Akins was inside of a gambling establishment in the 1500 block of West Pacific Coast Highway when he was shot at about 1 a.m. on Aug. 23, police said. He later died at a hospital.

Police subsequently identified 31-year-old Richard Quintana of Long Beach as a suspect. Detectives located Quintana in Arizona, where he was taken into custody on a pre-existing Post Release Community Supervision violation warrant, police said.

Quintana was extradited to Long Beach on Thursday and booked on suspicion of murder. He was being held in lieu of $3 million bail.

Anyone with information is urged to call Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detectives Oscar Valenzuela or Sean Magee at 562-570-7244. 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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Kelly Puente is a general assignment and special projects reporter at the Long Beach Post. Her prolific reporting has taken her all over Southern California—even to the small Catalina Island town of Two Harbors. She is a Tiki mug collector and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and administration at Cal State Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected].