A maintenance worker at an Ontario apartment complex was fatally shot by a resident of the complex who then killed himself, police said and complex management said Friday.
The identities of the men who died came a day after Ontario police discovered the apparent murder-suicide when officers were responding to a report of a burglary in progress at the apartment complex.
Police were called to the 900 block of North Duesenberg Drive (map) about 5 p.m. Thursday, finding a second-floor apartment door that have been forced open.
At the complex, they learned that shots have been heard fired and a man was reported down on the third floor.
The victim was found dead, lying on the third-floor exterior landing with gunshot wound to his upper body, according to a Ontario Police Department news release.
In the second-floor apartment, police found a man dead with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, also to his upper body.
The second man was identified only as an Ontario resident who lived in the third-floor apartment where the other man’s body was found.
Detectives believe the apparent gunman had killed the third-floor victim just outside his own unit, then fled downstairs and broke into the second-floor unit, where he killed himself.
An email to residents of the apartment complex, the Camden Landmark, from a regional vice president stated that an unidentified tenant had killed maintenance technician José Rodriguez.
“The gunman, who was a resident, also killed himself,” the email stated. “Our hearts and prayers are with José’s family right now and we ask for your patience as our office staff deals with the loss of a co-worker and dear friend.”
The email was provided to KTLA by a resident of the complex.
Later Friday afternoon, police confirmed that maintenance worker 40-year-old Jose Ortega Rodriguez, a Rialto resident, was killed.
The suspected gunman was identified as Gary Keith Bell, 57. Police had previously said the shooter was 56.
Ontario police Sgt. David McBride had said on Friday morning that he could not provide the identities of the dead men.
Anyone with information about the incident was asked to contact Detective Troy Scutella at 909-395-2745.