On Tuesday, December 22, 2015, around 8:30 a.m., Long Beach Police were dispatched to the area of the 1900 block of Chestnut Avenue regarding a possible domestic violence incident in progress, which resulted in the death of a female adult. Officers located the victim, with multiple gunshot injuries to the upper torso, down in an alley. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded and determined the victim deceased at the scene.
The preliminary investigation indicated a male suspect shot the victim and fled the scene with a toddler, before officers arrived. A responding officer saw a subject who matched the suspect description, at an apartment building in the 1800 block of Chestnut Avenue, and a containment perimeter was established. Believing the child may be in further danger, officers forced entry into an apartment unit and rescued him.
Long Beach Fire Department paramedics checked the child at the scene and he appeared to be unharmed. The child is in the custody of the Los Angeles County Department of Children & Family Services.
Two male adults with the child were detained at the location. Any relationship between the child, the men, or the victim is yet to be determined.
One of the men, Eric Jerome Williams, Jr., 29 years old and a resident of Long Beach, was booked for murder. He is being held at Long Beach City Jail on $1,000,000.00 bail.
A motive is unknown and the investigation remains ongoing.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call Long Beach Homicide Detectives T. Hubert, S. Irving, and O. Valenzuela 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