(L.A.) Mario Gallegos, 44, Died by Homicide

Case Number: 2023-05261

Los Angeles County is reporting the death of a 44-year-old Latino male.

The coroner’s office has identified the man as Mario Gallegos.

Manner of Death: Homicide

Cause of Death: Gunshot Wound of Torso

RIP MARIO GALLEGOS (October 24, 1978 – May 10, 2023)

Formal pronouncement of death was made on Wednesday at 6:56 a.m.

The decedent was fatally shot, allegedly by the ex-boyfriend of the woman he was living with in Long Beach.

The shooting happened at around 6:30 a.m. in the 6200 block of California Avenue, about a block east of Houghton Park, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

“Upon arrival, officers located a male adult victim with life- threatening injuries to his upper body,” police said in a statement. “The suspect fled the scene before officers arrived.”

The wounded man died at a hospital.

Oscar Alejandro Chan of Long Beach was arrested later that day and booked on suspicion of murder, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and illegal possession of ammunition. He was being held on $2 million bail.

The suspect arrived unannounced at the home of the victim and his former girlfriend. He entered the home, got into a physical fight with the victim, shot the victim and left the scene by unknown means prior to the officers’ arrival.

Chan was arrested about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Santa Fe Springs.