A 24-year-old man from El Monte was shot dead at a motel in Ontario by a man now in custody who police believe was upset over the relationship he had with the suspect’s girlfriend, authorities said Sunday.

The victim was shot several times and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. His name will be released pending notification of next of kin, according to the San Bernardino County coroner’s office.

The suspect, Maximino Marcos of Ontario, 31, fled the scene prior to the reported 11:46 a.m. shooting at the Red Carpet Motel, 1117 N. Baker St., said Detective Fred Alvarez of the Ontario Police Department.

“Through investigative efforts and the interviewing of witnesses, suspect Maximino (Marcos) was identified as the shooter,” Alvarez said.

The department’s Multi-Enforcement Unit located Marcos just after 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the city of Montclair and arrested him without incident, and detectives later recovered a firearm they believe was used in the murder, he said.

Marcos was arrested on suspicion of murder and booked at the West Valley Detention Center.

Ontario police detectives asked anyone with information regarding the shooting death to call them at (909) 408-1862.

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