On March 22, 2021, at approximately 11:05 a.m., detectives from the Special Investigations Division located and arrested Devon Yarbrough, a 27-year-old resident of the City of Los Angeles, outside of a motel in the 14400 block of Western Avenue in the City of Gardena.
Through their investigation, detectives believe the Nov. 19, 2020 incident was regarding a gang-related dispute that escalated into a shooting and that Yarbrough is responsible for the shooting death of the victim.
The victim has been identified as Shemar Alexander, a 19-year-old resident of the City of Los Angeles.
Yarbrough was booked on one count of murder and is currently being held on $2,000,000 bail in the Long Beach City Jail. Detectives anticipate presenting the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office later this week for filing consideration.
Original News Release 11/20/2020:
On November 19, 2020 at approximately 11:50 p.m., officers responded to the 1300 block of Artesia Blvd regarding a report of a shooting, which resulted in the death of a male victim of an unknown age.
While officers were responding, numerous citizens called 911 to report a fight occurring in the area along with gunshots being heard. Upon arrival, officers located the male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper torso. Officers began life-saving measures and requested paramedics. Long Beach Fire Department personnel responded and rendered medical aid. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. At this time, the victim is only being identified as a male of an unknown age, pending identification and notification to next of kin by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
The preliminary investigation revealed that an afterhours event was being held at a closed business on Artesia Boulevard. The victim attended the event with approximately 50-75 other attendees. A dispute occurred between the victim and suspects(s) which led to a shooting. The suspect(s) fled in an unknown direction. The exact motive for the shooting and additional suspect information is currently unknown.
The Long Beach Police Department is seeking the public’s help in gathering additional information regarding this incident to further the ongoing investigation. Detectives believe other attendees may have cell phone video footage from the event and possibly of the shooting. We urge individuals who attended the event to contact detectives and provide a statement and/or video footage.
Anyone with any information regarding the incident is urged to contact LBPD Homicide Detectives Michael Hubbard and Ethan Shear 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 smart phone (available at the Apple app store or Google Play), or by visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.