Update 9/8/21 at 5:15 p.m.:
Over the past several weeks, detectives from the Homicide Detail have gathered significant evidence related to the Aug. 5, 2021 murders of 29-year-old Antonio Parra and 28-year-old Brian Gomez, both residents of Long Beach. Evidence has revealed 22-year-old Efren Abril of Long Beach was responsible for the shooting death of the victims. Detectives are still investigating the motive for the shooting and do not believe the victims were known to the suspect.
On Sep. 8, 2021, detectives presented their case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office resulting in an arrest warrant for two counts of murder, one count of ex-felon with a firearm, and one count of ex-felon in possession of live ammunition.
Abril is currently in custody in an Orange County jail facility on an unrelated charge. Upon his release from Orange County, he will be transported to the Long Beach City Jail where he will be booked on the new charges and held on $4,050,000 bail.
Original News Release 8/5/21 at 10:30 a.m.:
On August 5, 2021, at approximately 12:17 a.m., officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting in the 100 block of East Anaheim Street, which later resulted in the death of two male adults.
Upon arrival, officers located two male adult victims in a parking lot suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to the upper torso. Officers immediately began performing life-saving measures until Long Beach Fire Department personnel arrived on scene to render aid. The victims were transported by Long Beach Fire to a local hospital where they later succumbed to their injuries.
One of the victims has been identified as a 29-year-old male Long Beach resident. His identity is being withheld pending notification to the next of kin. The additional victim has not been identified.
At this time in the investigation, the circumstances regarding the shooting, motive, and suspect information are not known. The incident remains under investigation by Homicide Detectives.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact Homicide Detectives Leticia Gamboa or Donald Collier at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through "LA Crime Stoppers" by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the "P3 Tips" app to your smartphone (available at the Apple app store or Google Play), or by visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.