Known gang members and couple Alejandro Lazo, 21, and Reyna Gomez, 27, have been charged with going on a shooting spree in Los Angeles, where there was only one fatality across the three areas in LA where the couple opened fire on unsuspecting victims.
Jose Sahagun, 44, of Norwalk, Los Angeles County, was shot dead in his car in front of his wife and two young children, succumbing to his wounds.
In a written statement Jose’s sister Maria Del Rosario Sahagun said he was the fifth child in a family of 10 and described him as “a responsible, honest, giving and an all around good-to-the-bone person.”
“Growing up, he was jokingly known amongst his six brothers and myself as the ‘Bank of Ricardo,’?’ Sahagun wrote. ‘Regardless of the amount of money he made, he was the go-to-money-man and was always willing to lend a hand.”
The Daily Mail has more:
Sheriff’s Department Capt. Christopher Bergner said at a news conference Thursday: ‘In a matter of three hours, these known gang members were involved in five shootings, four in which individuals were struck by gunfire and a carjacking.
‘These are senseless acts of violence — acts committed on innocent people that were merely enjoying the day, running errands in what they believed was a safe area.’
The pair, who are thought to have links to gangs, were taken into custody last Saturday evening outside a motel in Whittier hours after the raids, according to Sgt. Vincent Plair.
Officials said the apparently random shootings began at 1pm on Saturday when a pedestrian was shot in the leg.
Around ten minutes later the pair carjacked a woman at gun point in Pico Rivera, accruing her Nissan Pathfinder.
Another pedestrian was shot in the groin about 3:35 p.m. in Whittier by one of the Pathfinder’s occupants.
Authorities then received reports of shots fired at two motorists six minutes later in the neighboring Colima Road.
Lazo and Gomez allegedly then proceeded southeast in the Pathfinder to the intersection of Imperial Highway and La Mirada Boulevard in La Mirada, where a third person was shot in an arm.
Sheriff’s deputies responding to that shooting quickly learned of another shooting at in La Mirada, which claimed the life of Jose.
The hijacked car was found later that evening abandoned.
Lazo and Gomez are being held on $16 million bail each. Authorities did not release booking photos of the suspects but said they had gunshot wounds to their torsos when they were found.
If convicted as charged, they face a possible maximum sentence of life in prison.
Investigators say additional suspects aided in the shooting rampage and expect to make additional arrests.
The criminal duo had been released from prison in November with Lazo convicted of extortion and assault and Gomez for auto theft and receiving stolen property, officials said.