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Woman Killed, Man Wounded in Chino Shooting; Suspect Sought

A woman died and a man was wounded when they were shot while sitting in a car outside a Big Lots store in Chino on Thursday, authorities said.

The gunfire took place about 2:45 p.m. in the parking lot of the discount store at 12550 Central Ave., just south of Walnut Avenue, the Chino Police Department said in a written statement.

Homicide victim Thalia Flores, 24, pictured in a photo provided by family members on March 21, 2019.

Homicide victim Thalia Flores, 25, of Montclair, pictured in a photo provided by family members on March 21, 2019.

Paramedics pronounced the wounded woman dead at the scene, officials said. The wounded man arrived at a hospital soon after. He was expected to survive.

The shooter, identified by police as 25-year-old Julio Cesar Rocha of Montclair, remained at large early Friday.

"(Rocha) fled the scene prior to officers' arrival, police said in a statement issued early Friday morning. He was described as 5 feet 11 inches tall, about 275 pounds, with short black hair and brown eyes.

Julio Cesar Rocha, 25, of Montclair, pictured in a photo released by the Chino Police Department on March 22, 2019.

Julio Cesar Rocha, 25, of Montclair, pictured in a photo released by the Chino Police Department on March 22, 2019.

Family members at the scene identified the woman killed as 25-year-old Thalia Flores of Montclair.

Aerial footage from Sky5 showed tents erected in the parking lot over the white car where the victims had been sitting when they were shot. Police used a drone to survey the scene.

The area where the shooting took place is well-trafficked, Chino police Lt. Bill Covington told KTLA.

"There were a lot of witnesses present when this occurred," the lieutenant said.

A fund to help Flores' family has been set up online a gofundme.com/thalia-flores.

Anyone with information can reach Chino police at 909-334-3000.

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