A 29-year-old man who allegedly gunned down his live-in girlfriend in the unincorporated Willowbrook area north of Compton was charged Tuesday with murder and child abuse involving their daughter, who was struck by the gunfire.
Juan Antonio Rodriguez is scheduled to be arraigned May 3 at the Compton courthouse on one count each of murder and assault with a semiautomatic firearm and two counts of child abuse.
He allegedly shot Mayra Portillo-Moreno last weekend at a home in the 12400 block of South Grandee Avenue. The 29-year-old woman, who had been in a relationship with Rodriguez for about nine years, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Deputy Charles Moore of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
Rodriguez allegedly retrieved a gun during an argument between the two and fired several rounds, striking her in the upper body, shortly after 1:40 a.m. Saturday, according to Moore.
Their 8-year-old daughter was accidentally struck by gunfire and was reportedly rushed to the hospital by Rodriguez, who was later arrested, authorities said.
Sheriff’s deputies sent to the home located two other children — a year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl — who were unharmed, Moore said.
Rodriguez was arrested about 6:45 a.m. Saturday by sheriff’s deputies.