A woman who was fatally shot as she sat in her car at a strip mall in Long Beach was identified by authorities Wednesday, while her alleged killer remained in custody.
Tearra Stocker, 35, of Anaheim was found with multiple gunshot wounds at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the 6600 block of Cherry Avenue, and later died at a hospital, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office and the Long Beach Police Department.
Corderell McKnight, 32, of Wilmington was arrested later that day following a police pursuit, and was booked on suspicion of murder, the LBPD reported. He was being held on $4 million bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Police said Stocker was sitting in her car with another person at the strip mall when the suspect approached the vehicle on foot and shot her.
“Detectives learned the victim and suspect were long-time acquaintances, and the suspect specifically sought out and targeted the victim,” according to police.
The other occupant of the vehicle was not injured in the shooting, police said.
Officers found McKnight just after 7:10 p.m. Sunday in the 2800 block of Long Beach Boulevard and attempted to stop his vehicle, but he sped off and led the officers on a pursuit, police said.
The pursuit was handed off to the California Highway Patrol once it entered the San Diego (405) Freeway, and McKnight was later arrested by police in Los Angeles, according to the LBPD.
LBPD officers responded to the scene of the arrest and took McKnight back to Long Beach.
Anyone with information on the case was asked to contact LBPD detectives at 562-570-7244. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.