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A man was shot and killed in the Carmelitos Housing Project in Long Beach and a another man was arrested hours later on suspicion of being the triggerman Friday night, Aug. 2, authorities said.

Long Beach police believe the two men knew each other and a confrontation led to the shooting. The suspect, 58-year-old Paul Edward Booth, fled in a wheelchair before officers found him hours later near the entrance to the housing project in the 5200 block of Orange Avenue.

The shooting occurred about 9:45 p.m. Friday night in a common area of the housing complex, where Booth allegedly confronted 23-year-old Jerrimiyah Davis of Long Beach before pulling a gun and firing.

Officers arrived to the 900 block of Via Wanda and found Davis with gunshot wounds to both his upper and lower body. They started life-saving measures before paramedics arrived. Davis was rushed to a local hospital, but died, police said.

Booth was arrested on suspicion of murder and being an ex-felon in possession of live ammunition. Jail records show police arrested him about 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, and he was being held in jail on $2 million bail.

The relationship between the two men wasn’t immediately disclosed.

Authorities planned to present their case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office early next week for filing consideration.

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