Wilmington man arrested for fatal shooting at bar in Westside neighborhood, police say

A Wilmington man was arrested Friday afternoon on suspicion of killing an employee at a West Long Beach Long Beach bar earlier this week, police said.

Salvador Rivera, 33, was arrested during a traffic stop in Chino Friday, Jan. 21 on suspicion of one count of murder in connection to the Sunday night shooting that left an employee dead in the Westside bar Crow’s Nest. The employee killed has since been identified as James Lopez, a 39-year-old resident of Bell, police said today.

The Long Beach Police Department said officers responded to a call about a shooting happening inside a business around 10:15 p.m. Sunday, Jan 16. at 1912 W. Willow St.

Detectives said Rivera was a customer at the bar who had been arguing with Lopez that night. The argument escalated and Rivera pulled out his gun, firing multiple shots into Lopez’s upper body before running away in an unknown direction, police said.

Officers arrived at the scene soon after and rendered life-saving aid until Long Beach Fire Department personnel arrived to transport Lopez to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries, police said. 

Rivera is currently being held at Long Beach City Jail where his bail has been set $2 million, police said.

An online fundraiser for Lopez’s memorial and funeral expenses has raised over $21,000 in four days.

Police investigating fatal shooting at bar in Westside neighborhood

Man arrested in connection to July shooting death near Washington neighborhood, police say

Support our journalism.

Hyperlocal news is an essential force in our democracy, but it costs money to keep an organization like this one alive, and we can’t rely on advertiser support alone. That’s why we’re asking readers like you to support our independent, fact-based journalism. We know you like it—that’s why you’re here. Help us keep hyperlocal news alive in Long Beach.

Fernando Haro is the Long Beach Post's breaking news and public safety reporter.