Man Convicted of Bystander’s Shooting Death in Long Beach

LONG BEACH (CNS) – An ex-con was found guilty today of first-degree murder for opening fire during an argument in Long Beach and killing an innocent bystander.

Jurors convicted Thomas Terrell McCreary, 46, of Sylmar, for the Dec. 1, 2018, shooting in the 300 block of Pacific Avenue that killed 24-year-old Anna Perez, who was standing nearby.

The panel also found true a gun use allegation, along with convicting him of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Long Beach police said shortly after the shooting that an argument erupted between two groups of people in a parking lot, and McCreary fired into the rival group. Perez was fatally shot, even though she had no involvement in the dispute that led to the gunfire, according to police.

McCreary was arrested just under a week later and has remained behind bars since then, according to jail records. McCreary — who had a 2007 conviction for first-degree residential burglary — is facing a potential state prison term of more than 100 years to life. Sentencing is set Nov. 17 in a Long Beach courtroom.

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