POMONA, Calif. (KTLA) — An unknown suspect shot three people early Saturday morning in Pomona, killing two teenage boys and wounding at least one other person, according to officials.
Pomona Police received “numerous” reports of gunshots heard just before 1:20 a.m. from the 300 block of Orchid Lane, according to a department news release.
Officers responded and found 17-year-old Andy Chavez, of Upland, suffering from gunshot wounds and lying in an alley nearby. They found 13-year-old Justin Hansen shot and lying in the alley.
The two teens — reportedly friends — stood together in the alley when they were approached by at least one attacker. They exchanged words with their attacker or attackers shortly before they were shot, according to witnesses at the scene.
Paramedics pronounced both boys dead at the scene.
Hansen’s mother. Juanita Hansen, told KTLA 5 she believes the shooting was gang-related, though her son did not belong to a gang.
“He was just standing out here and they just drove by, the gang, and they yelled out a gang street name and my son just said, ‘I’m not from nowhere,’ and they just started shooting him,” she said, through tears.
Neighbor Kristian Guzman, 25, said she knew both Chavez and Hansen.
“Just young — too young. Way too young,” she told KTLA 5. “They were just like little boys around here, you know?
Police found a third victim, described only as a black male, suffering from gunshot wounds near a vehicle on Orchid Lane. The victim — whom witnesses say had just gotten home from work –had also been involved in a minor traffic collision after he was shot, according to the news release.
Paramedics airlifted the surviving victim to USC Medical Center. He is listed in critical condition.
Homicide detectives are investigating the shooting and have not released official information about a suspect or motive. Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call Pomona police at 909-620-2095.