A 30-year-old Lynwood man was arrested Friday on suspicion of fatally shooting a former Long Beach City College football player during an attempted robbery at a Jack-in-the-Box restaurant drive-thru in 2018, police said.
Edward Jacobs was booked on suspicion of murder in the killing of Guy Eugene Alford III, 20, of Hawthorne, police said.
Hawthorne was shot about 12:15 a.m. Sept. 26, 2018, near 52nd Street and Atlantic Boulevard in Long Beach. Officers responding to the shooting call found Alford suffering from gunshot wounds to his upper body, according to the Long Beach Police Department.
“The victim was inside a blue Chevrolet Impala in a fast-food parking lot when the shooting occurred,” according to a Long Beach police statement.
Alford apparently got out of the car in the parking lot, then collapsed and died.
Surveillance video from a nearby location showed Alford’s vehicle in the restaurant’s drive-thru lane when a second vehicle pulled up behind and three suspects got out, one of whom then went to the driver’s side and appeared to open fire, according to KCAL9, which reviewed the recording.
Alford then slumped to the side as four passengers exited his car and the three suspects got back into their vehicle, which left the area, according to KCAL9, which reported that a camera in the drive-thru area was not working.
“Based on their investigation, detectives believe Jacobs approached Alford with the intent of committing a robbery, which ultimately resulted in Alford being shot by Jacobs,” according to a police statement.
Jacobs was being held on $2 million bail, police said.
“Detectives anticipate presenting their case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office next week for filing consideration,” police said.
Alford’s LBCC online player profile stated that he was an Inglewood native.
Alemany High School issued a tweet after his death sending prayers to his friends and family.
The LBCC football program mourned his death on its Twitter feed in a posting that read: “A very sad day for our Viking family. Senseless violence. `May the choirs of Angels come to greet you Guy!’ Great team player but a better person! #StopThisNonSense Prayers go out to his family and friends from his LBCC family.”
The team’s defensive backs coach, Darnell Lacy, wrote on his page, “Tired of the cowards! This dude didn’t deserve this.”
Lacy told the Long Beach Post that Alford was hoping to transfer to a four-year school and continue playing football next spring. Alford’s father told The Post that his son was trying to finish his associate’s degree at LBCC, then pursue a nursing degree.
Former LBCC defensive backs coach James Wheeler wrote on Twitter that he coached Alford for two years and was “at a loss for words.”
“This was honestly a good, good kid and this one really hurts,” he wrote.
Alford’s family and friends held a vigil for him a day after the shooting.