Two young men were arrested Friday and booked on suspicion of murder with gang enhancements in connection with a drive-by shooting in Long Beach that took the life of a 69-year-old great-grandfather.
Jose Corrales was gunned down about 3:05 p.m. on Oct. 9 as he he watered his lawn in the 1900 block of Canal Avenue, near Pacific Coast Highway, according to the Long Beach Police Department.
Officers were sent to the location to investigate a shots fired call and found Corrales with at least one gunshot wound to his upper body. Fire department personnel pronounced him dead at the scene, police said.
“Based on the preliminary investigation, detectives learned the victim was outside a residence with a group of male subjects when (someone in) a light-colored sedan containing three to four subjects opened fire,” according to a police statement.
Detectives subsequently learned another man in a nearby vehicle was also struck by gunfire and took himself to a hospital.
Homicide detectives and a SWAT team arrested the suspects, identified as Rhyan Burrell, 20, of Lynwood and Terrel Warren of Long Beach, during the service of a search warrant in Lynwood, police said.
“Detectives have determined this murder is gang-motivated and believe the murder may be correlated to an altercation which occurred earlier that afternoon at Cabrillo High School,” according to a police statement.
Three firearms and ammunition were recovered during the warrant search and have been submitted to the LBPD crime lab for forensic analysis. A vehicle believed to have been involved in the case was impounded, police said.
According to news reports, Corrales was a family patriarch with 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Rebecca Rodriguez, one of Corrales’ five daughters, told NBC4 her father had been with several of his grandchildren who were visiting him and that the kids ran when they heard the gunfire.
“When they turned around, he was on the ground,” Rodriguez said, adding that her father was a devoted husband who would drive his wife Maria to daily kidney dialysis treatments.
In addition to suspicion of murder, both suspects were booked for allegedly carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle and a gang enhancement, police said.
Burrell also was booked on suspicion of discharging or permitting the discharge of a firearm from a vehicle and being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm.
Both suspects were being held in the city jail on $2.04 million bail.