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Police ID Man, Woman Killed in Suspected Murder-Suicide in El Segundo

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Authorities have identified the two victims of a shooting incident early Sunday in El Segundo that is being investigated as a murder-suicide.

The deceased — 23-year-old Wendy Silva, of Paramount, and Lake Elsinore resident Diego Lopez, 24 — had been dating for about a year, according to El Segundo police.

Although Los Angeles County sheriff's officials originally said the killings happened in the 300 block of Pine Avenue shortly before 1 a.m., El Segundo police said they received a call about gunshots coming from the area near El Segundo Recreational Park at 500 E. Pine Ave. around 11:20 p.m.

Responding officers found Silva shot and lying on the ground of a parking lot and alongside her lay Lopez, with a gunshot wound to the head, the sheriff's department said.

The two were pronounced dead at the scene after paramedics arrived.

Witnesses told authorities the couple was engaged in an argument inside a 2003 Chevy Tahoe and, as the vehicle drove through the recreation area's parking lot, Lopez shot Silva.

Silva jumped out of the moving car in an attempt to flee the situation. Lopez then circled the Tahoe back to where she lay, got out and shot himself, police said.

"It looks like the female tried to get away from him at some point," said Lt. Carlos Mendoza of the El Segundo Police Department. "Eventually, the suspect shot her, left the area and then came back ... shot her again and ended up shooting himself."

A handgun was recovered from the scene, investigators said.

Anyone with additional information about the killings can contact the L.A. County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

KTLA's Erika Martin contributed to this report.