A Paramount man who was a father of three children and a grandfather was identified by authorities on Thursday as a victim in a bar shooting that broke out in North Long Beach the day before.
Manuel Marquez, 44, of Paramount was found dead inside the Bottoms Up Sports Bar. The man suspected of shooting him, identified by coroner’s officials as 48-year-old Delfon Kinney Sr. of Long Beach, also died of a gunshot wound at the scene, police said.
Marquez was working at the bar as a bar back and helped clean the bar, his mother, Barbara Marquez, said Thursday, Oct. 24.
A third man, also an employee at the bar, was wounded in the back of the right shoulder and was sent to a local hospital for treatment
At about 12:20 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, a police officer was flagged down and alerted to a shooting at the bar in the 1700 block of East Artesia Street. The officer arrived and found the suspect inside holding a gun, police said, with the officer firing, though it wasn’t clear if a bullet from the officer hit the suspect.
SWAT officers arrived and found the suspect on the ground, non-responsive and still holding the firearm, police said. Police found a casing at the scene that did not match the officer’s or the suspect’s firearm, they said, showing the suspect exchanged gunfire with another, unknown patron.
Suzanne Blevins, who owns the bar, said she was devastated and shocked.
“This was a random shooting with nothing provoking the shooter,” she said in a text message. “He shot at anything in his path.”
Why the suspect started shooting was unclear.
Witnesses said Kinney arrived at the bar sometime around 6:30 p.m. to watch a Lakers game and, while he wasn’t known to the bar staff or security, was talkative with other patrons and security at the bar.
He occasionally stepped outside to smoke a cigarette or to order tacos from a nearby taco stand and didn’t seem distraught, a witness said.
Marquez was the second man Kinney is accused of shooting inside the bar. The first employee was shot in the back of the right shoulder.
Marquez had two jobs, and he was helping to support his mother financially after her mother died two years ago, Barbara Marquez said.
“He worked day and night,” she said. “I can’t believe my son’s not home to help me anymore.”
He had recently started working at Bottoms Up, where his sister has been a longtime employee.
The mom remembered her son as having a passion for food, always cooking carne asada for friends and for his family at parties and gatherings and posting photos of his food on social media. He was asked recently to cook tacos at a party for a friend’s daughter, who was turning 18 years old.
“He was just a fun person,” Barbara Marquez said. “Everybody would ask, ‘Manuel, can you cook for me this week?’ …
“I’m a religious person, I believe in God, I go to church on Sunday,” she said. “But I don’t believe in God today. (The suspect) took my son for no reason.”