Arraignment was postponed Monday for two men facing first-degree murder charges stemming from the apparent gang-related shooting death of an innocent bystander who got caught in the crossfire.
Long Beach residents Jacquise Wright, 31, and Tyquan Benson, 25, are also each facing counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm and shooting from a motor vehicle in the killing of 36-year-old Alejandra Martinez.
Benson is additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Wright appeared in court Monday but did not enter a plea, while Benson did not make an appearance. Arraignment is now scheduled March 9 for both men, who were arrested on Thursday and are each being held on $2 million bail.
The shooting occurred about 11:20 p.m. on Dec. 4 in a parking lot near Magnolia Avenue and Anaheim Street, where a number of people were buying food from a mobile vendor, according to Long Beach police.
Detectives believe a gang-related dispute escalated into a shooting and “detectives also believe the victim was not the intended target,” according to a police statement.