WHITTIER, Calif. (KTLA) — Authorities on Monday were searching for the person or persons who shot and killed a 45-year-old husband and father while he stood in front of his home in unincorporated Whittier, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
Deputies responded to the 6100 block of Pioneer Boulevard about 10 p.m. Sunday after a caller reported a gunshot victim, sheriff’s Lt. John Corina said. When they arrived, the deputies found the victim lying in the front yard of his house; he had been shot several times.
The victim was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, Corina said.
Sheriff’s investigators said the shooting may have been gang related, although they do not believe the victim himself was a gang member.
“His siblings possibly may be involved in some type of gang activity. He was not,” Corina said of the man, a homeowner who worked as a gardener.
“He was just standing out in front of his house with his wife and … another couple who was just visiting, hanging out,” Corina said. “That’s when this car drove up and just starting shooting at them for no reason.”
The car, described as a white sedan, drove north on Pioneer Boulevard and out of sight after the shooting, authorities said.
On Monday, bullet holes were seen in the body and windshield of a pickup truck that was parked in the driveway of the house.
“He didn’t deserve what happened to him — nobody does,” Brenda Rojas said of her neighbor. “He was a good man, went to church every Sunday. They would always go to church, him and his wife. He never wished nobody the worst.”
Several local residents, fearing retaliation from the shooter or shooters, were reportedly unwilling to talk to authorities about the incident.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.