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Police took five people into custody, including one juvenile, in connection with a June 3 incident where one man died and a woman was wounded

Long Beach, California – The Long Beach Police Department said five individuals were arrested on Thursday in connection with a shooting that took place in Long Beach more than a month ago and resulted in the death of a 24-year-old man and the injury of a woman.

The incident occurred at around 11 p.m. on Friday, June 3, in the vicinity of 14th Street and Walnut Avenue when three men opened fire on Duwayane Thomas, who later succumbed to his injuries at a hospital.

After opening fire on Thomas, the suspects ran away from the scene and started shooting at a woman. Police said the woman was driving a vehicle nearby at the time of the incident.

The woman received treatment for several gunshot wounds to the body at a hospital.

An investigation conducted by authorities showed the female victim and Thomas were not acquaintances.

The five suspects, 19-year-old Santiago Rivera of Signal Hill; 21-year-old Filasifoki Xavier Pio of Los Angeles; 19-year-old Emery Jezabel Hinojos of Long Beach; 47-year-old Michael Keith Levine of Long Beach; and a 15-year-old boy from Long Beach, were arrested after police served warrants in Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Signal Hill on Thursday.

Rivera, Pio, and the 15-year-old boy were taken into custody on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. Levine was booked on suspicion of one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of illegally being in possession of ammunition, while Hinojos was taken into custody on suspicion of being in possession of a firearm with a prior juvenile court sustained petition, accessory after the fact, and concealing evidence, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

The authorities think the incident was gang-related but did not provide additional information at this time.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact homicide detectives at 562-570-7244 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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