The hunt for a murder suspect in a possible love triangle continued Saturday as investigators released the name and picture of the alleged gunman.
The 57-year-old male suspect is believed to have driven off after killing a 27-year-old woman baker trainee who may have been dating the ex-wife of the gunman.
Martin Jesus Godinez of La Puente was seen leaving the area of the shooting, which was reported at 10:23 p.m. on Sept. 4 in the 17600 block of Castleton Street, in a gold 2003 Chrysler Town and Country minivan with the California license plate number 5CKF285, according to the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
Katy Nosic, also of La Puente, was shot while in the rear parking lot of a Golden Corral restaurant where she had started working three weeks earlier as a baker trainee, according to news reports. She died at the scene.
Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau Lt. Joe Mendoza said the killing may have been related to a domestic dispute, but no official details were released by authorities about any relationship between Nosic and Godinez.
However, a TV station reported that the woman shooting victim may have been dating the ex-wife of Godinez.
Mendoza said Nosic was walking to a car when a minivan arrived.
A gunman — suspected to be Godinez — got out, shot the woman repeatedly before getting back into the vehicle and driving off, according to Mendoza.
Nosic’s father told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune that his daughter, the youngest of four children and the only girl, had been born and was raised in Canton, Ohio and moved to California three years ago looking for a job.
Godinez — who is Hispanic, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 190 pounds with black hair and brown eyes — is known to frequent the La Puente area.
Anyone with information regarding Godinez’s whereabouts or the shooting was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.
Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS.
–City News Service