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Oct. 26 Fri Night: 2 NLB Murders

  • Houghton Park Triple Shooting, One Dies

  • Bar Shooting (1600 block E. Artesia), Another Man Dies

    (October 27, 2001) -- A triple shooting in Houghton Park has left an 18-year old LB resident dead and two young adults wounded, and roughly two hours later a bar shooting in the 1600 block of Artesia Ave. fatally wounded a LB man on Friday night, October 26.

    LBPD says that at about 9:10 p.m., it responded to Houghton Park (6301 Myrtle) regarding a shooting and found three male shooting victims.

    Police said a group of young adults and teens had been holding a memorial service for 19-year old Anthony Martin of Compton who was shot and killed on October 21. The group had gathered at the picnic table area when roughly five unknown suspects shot into the group and then ran from the area, police said.

    Police say 18-year old Kreem Simon, a LB resident, was shot in the lower torso, taken by friends to Lakewood hospital and died shortly after 5:00 a.m. today.

    Two others were wounded (a 19 year old Gardena resident was shot in the lower torso and a 24 year old LB resident was shot in the leg). They were transported by paramedics to LB Memorial Hospital and survived their injuries.

    Police say the motive for the park shooting is unknown and could possibly be gang related.

    Meanwhile, at 11:16 p.m., police received a 911 call regarding a bar shooting and responded to 1642 East Artesia, where they found a victim suffering from numerous gunshot wounds to his torso.

    LBFD paramedics transported the man, identified as 33-year old Cayetano Corrales of LB, to LB Memorial Hospital. He underwent emergency surgery but died shortly after midnight.

    Police believe Mr. Corrales was standing in the bar near a table when a suspect entered, approached Corrales and shot him numerous times in the chest. Police say the suspect fled on foot and was last seen running southbound on Gaviota Ave. A motive for the shooting is unknown.

    LBPD believes the suspect is a male Hispanic between 22 and 25 years old. He was reportedly wearing a white long-sleeve dress shirt and black pants.

    LBPD asks anyone with information about the Houghton Park shootings to contact LBPD homicide detectives Brian McMahon or Paul Edwards at (562) 570-7244.

    Police ask anyone with information about the bar shooting to contact LBPD homicide detectives Richard Birdsall and Scott Lasch at (562) 570-7244.

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