Today, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed multiple charges in a 2013 shooting case.
On March 22, 2013, around 8:00 p.m., a shooting occurred near a gas station in the area of Long Beach Boulevard and Del Amo. Long Beach Police officers transported a 10-year-old victim from the North Police Substation to a local hospital. A second victim transported himself to a local hospital.
On May 18, 2014, Long Beach Gang Investigation detectives arrested 23-year-old Raymond Rene Rodriguez of Long Beach on an outstanding warrant. Through the course of their investigation, Detectives Jess Fragoso and Robert Gonzales learned of Rodriguez’ connection to the March 2013 shooting.
Detectives believe the incident originated on a Long Beach Transit bus with a dispute between Rodriquez, a minor companion, and another male adult. All three individuals exited the bus and a physical fight ensued between the three. During the altercation, a fourth male adult came to assist in fighting with Rodriguez and the minor companion. Rodriguez produced a firearm and fired two rounds at the second male. The victim sustained a gunshot wound to the lower body and transported himself to a local hospital. A second victim was also injured.
During the gunfight, a round entered a family’s vehicle which was parked at the gas station, striking a 10-year-old boy who was seated in the back seat. Once the father realized his son had been wounded, he rushed the family to the nearby police station to summon help. Long Beach Police officers then transported the child in critical condition to the hospital.
On Wednesday, May 21, 2014, detectives presented the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office who filed charges of attempted murder, gang allegations, and weapon violations against Rodriguez, a documented Long Beach gang member.
Rodriguez is currently being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $2,210,00.00 bail.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation should contact Long Beach Gang Investigations Section Detectives Jess Fragoso 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