On Tuesday, August 13, 2019, detectives located and arrested Bryant U., an adult male, in connection to the July 1st shooting death of Ruben Lopez.
Through their investigation, Homicide Detectives believed that Bryant was with two other male adults when they were confronted by Lopez and his relative. Lopez initiated a physical altercation with a member of the group, then turned toward Bryant. Bryant then discharged his firearm and struck Lopez, resulting in his death. Bryant was booked for murder and was held on $2,000,000 bail at the Long Beach City Jail.
On August 15th, detectives presented their case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration. While evidence concluded that Bryant was responsible for the shooting death of Lopez, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office determined that Bryant acted in self-defense. Charges were not filed, and Bryant was released from custody.
The individual arrested will only be identified as Bryant U., in an effort to protect his safety and privacy.
Original Release Published on 7/02/19:
On July 1, 2019, at approximately 8:40 p.m., officers were dispatched to a shooting in the 1200 block Martin Luther King Jr Avenue, which resulted in the death of a male adult.
Arriving officers initially located a 17-year-old male juvenile victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the lower torso. Long Beach Fire Department responded and transported the victim to a local hospital.
While at the hospital officers were then notified by hospital staff that an additional victim, identified as 25-year-old Ruben Lopez, self-transported to the hospital and was suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper torso. Lopez was pronounced deceased due to his injuries sustained during the shooting.
Through their investigation, Homicide Detectives learned that Lopez was driving southbound on Martin Luther King Jr Avenue near 12th Street with a 19-year-old male in the passenger seat and an 18-year-old female in the back seat. Lopez got into a verbal altercation with a group of male suspect(s) in the block of 1200 Martin Luther King Jr Ave. Several shots were fired in the direction of Lopez and the other passengers.
The juvenile victim was determined to be an unintended target as he was walking across Martin Luther King Jr Avenue when the shots were fired.
This shooting is being investigated as gang-related.
In response to this incident, the Long Beach Police Department will utilize “Neighborhood Safe Streets” funding to deploy additional resources in key areas and increase high visibility patrols along the Anaheim Street corridor and throughout the South Patrol Division.
We urge anyone with any information to contact Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detectives Ricardo Solorio and Shea Robertson 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.