A homeless man was shot to death in the parking lot of a Whittier-area Jack in the Box late Thursday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The incident was reported about 11:30 p.m. in the 11300 block of Washington Boulevard.
The victim, described only as being Hispanic, was shot while he was sitting on the curb of the parking lot, officials said in a news release.
A man apparently drove into the parking lot, passed the victim, then turned back around and illuminated the victim with the car’s headlights.
The man got out of the car and shot the victim multiple times in the torso, according to authorities. The shooter got back into the car and drove northwest through the parking lot and out of the area, officials said.
The shooter is described as a Hispanic man between 18 and 25 years old, with a shaved head, thin build, wearing a white T-shirt. He was driving a dark-colored mid-size sedan.
The victim, who has not been identified, was taken to a hospital where he died.
The victim’s friends visited the site of the shooting Friday and started a small memorial.
Cici Martinez said she was having dinner with her grandson at a nearby restaurant when she heard the gunshots and ran outside.
She saw the crowd and the victim and recognized him as her friend, who goes by “Ray Ray.”
She added that the victim had recently become a father and he was trying to get back on his feet.
Another friend, Luis Gutierrez, said the victim was planning on moving elsewhere when the shooting occurred.
"He was a good dude, he was mellow, he had a good heart," Gutierrez said.
Detectives have not said whether or not this was a targeted attack.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information can call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide bureau at 323-890-5500.
KTLA's Alberto Mendez contributed to this story.