Two teenage boys were in custody Friday in connection with a shooting at a Long Beach park that killed a 17-year-old boy and wounded two men.

According to the Long Beach Police Department, the two teens — a 16-year-old from Long Beach and a 17-year-old from Signal Hill — were arrested Thursday and booked on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. Both were being held without bail, police said.

Police said they are suspected in a shooting that occurred at 1:51 p.m. Jan. 21 at Silverado Park in the 1500 block of West 31st Street near John Muir Elementary School. Police said at the time that the suspects were in an SUV that was driven up to a basketball court, and the occupants opened fire.

Khalil Saleem, 17, of Long Beach, died in the shooting, and two men suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Investigators have not released any details about a possible motive for the shooting. It was unclear what led investigators to the two teens who were arrested Thursday.

LBPD Chief Wally Hebeish said in a statement, “Unfortunately, gun violence continues to impact our most vulnerable populations and we will continue working with our partners to identify ways in which we can disrupt violence in our community.”

Anyone with additional information regarding the shooting was asked to contact Detectives Michael Hutchinson or Lisette Temblador at 562-570-7244. Anonymous callers can contact Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *