On March 20, 2022, at approximately 3:30 p.m., officers responded to a strip mall in the 6600 block of Cherry Avenue regarding a person who had been stabbed, which resulted in the death of a female adult.
Upon arrival, officers observed a female adult victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper and lower body. Officers began rendering life-saving measures until personnel from the Long Beach Fire Department arrived and transported her to a local hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries.
Homicide Detectives responded to the scene and began collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses. Detectives learned the victim was seated in a vehicle within the strip mall when the suspect approached the vehicle on foot. The suspect then fired multiple rounds through the vehicle, directed at the victim. Another occupant was in the vehicle with the victim and was physically unharmed.
At approximately 7:12 p.m., officers received information that the suspect was observed in a vehicle in the 2800 block of Long Beach Boulevard. Officers located the vehicle and attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle fled and officers initiated a Department-authorized vehicle pursuit. The pursuit entered the 405 Freeway and was handed off to the California Highway Patrol after approximately twenty minutes. Detectives later learned the suspect was taken into custody by the Los Angeles Police Department in the City of Los Angeles. Officers from the LBPD responded to the arrest location and transported the suspect to the City of Long Beach.
The suspect has been identified as Corderell McKnight, a 32-year-old resident of the City of Wilmington. He was booked into the Long Beach City Jail for one count of murder and is currently being held on $2,000,000 bail.
Detectives learned the victim and suspect were long-time acquaintances, and the suspect specifically sought out and targeted the victim. The victim is only being identified as a female adult in her 30s pending positive identification by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact Homicide Detectives Ethan Shear and Leonel Valdez 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 smartphone (available at the Apple app store or Google Play), or by visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.