Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies at the scene of the homicide in Pico Rivera. Courtesy OnScene.TV
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies at the scene of the homicide in Pico Rivera. Courtesy OnScene.TV

A man and woman arrested in connection with the shooting death of a man in Pico Rivera have been cleared of involvement in the killing, authorities said Friday.

The shooting occurred in the area of Whittier Boulevard and Acacia Street about 6:30 p.m. Thursday, said Deputy Ryan Rouzan of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau. The victim was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Rouzan said.

A black handgun was found in a trash can near the scene, Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez said.

The name of the victim, who was in his 30s, was withheld pending notification of his relatives, according to the coroner’s office.

The sheriff’s department had earlier reported that a man and woman, both of whose names were released, had been arrested and booked on suspicion of murder, with each held in lieu of $1 million bail, but Friday afternoon the department issued a statement saying that neither of them was involved in the killing.

“During the course of the investigation it was determined through independent witnesses and surveillance video that the persons depicted in photographs from the previous press release are not going to be involved in the murder,” according to a sheriff’s department statement.

Before announcing the man and woman were cleared of involvement in the killing, the sheriff’s department had said the two had been walking and arguing with the victim on Acacia Avenue when the man allegedly shot the victim.

— Staff and wire reports

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