Two LB Murders, Seemingly Unrelated, Within Ten Minutes of Each Other: 1700 block of E. 8th St. & 6600 block of Obispo Ave.
Suspect in one murder arrested
(September 19, 2001, 9:00 p.m.) -- Two people were murdered in LB within minutes of each other on Friday night, September 14 in two seemingly unrelated killings.
LBPD says that at about 10:20 p.m., 22 year old Faafeti Tanielu, a LB resident, was found in the street in the 1700 block of E. 8th St., shot several times. LBFD took Mr. Tanielu to St. Mary Medical Center where he died in surgery.
LBPD says a 31 year old LA resident, Henderson Johnson, was arrested in LA on Sept. 18 by LAPD and has now been charged with one count of murder.
In a previous release describing the crime, LBPD said the suspect, a male African American missing his left arm below the elblow, allegedly drove his vehicle while firing several shots at the victim as he stood near the street.
In an apparently unrelated event, LBPD says that at about 10:30 p.m., 27 year old Brian Lemell of Bellflower was shot to death while standing inside an apartment complex courtyard in the 6600 block of Obispo Avenue in NLB.
Police say an unknown assailant walked up to Mr. Lemell and shot him, striking him at least once in the head. LBPD adds there is a possibility this incident is gang related although a clear motive is unknown.
An LBPD spokeswoman told LBReport.com they have no evidence at present to indicate the two crimes are related.
Anyone with information about the NLB Obispo Ave. murder is asked to call LBPD Homicide detectives Steven Smith or Hector Nieves at 570-7244.