Road rage may have escalated into the shooting deaths of a man and woman on a Long Beach street, it was reported Sunday.
“I was here to get my equipment and I saw there was, like, a fight, going on,” a vendor at a party at nearby Bembridge House told CBS2. “I had just walked through that same driveway where the man was killed, just like five minutes prior.”
The victims were identified as Long Beach residents Maricela Honorato, 44, and Juan Guizar-Gutierrez, 39, the Long Beach Police Department reported. Authorities described them as a couple.
“I just heard the gunshots and I looked out the window and I see people at the park staring in,” neighbor Bella Flores told CBS2. She added that she’s heartbroken. “It’s sad for the family because it was a husband and a wife and, like, the kids were like, ‘My mom, my mom, my dad.”’
The couple were returning home from fishing and were followed by a vehicle with two men inside, honking and telling them to move, relatives told the Long Beach Post at a Sunday night vigil. Guizar-Gutierrez may have argued with the men, which escalated into a fight and the shooting.
The shooting occurred shortly before 7:50 p.m. Saturday in the 900 block of Park Circle, across from Drake Park, LBPD spokeswoman Arantxa Chavarria told City News Service.
Police were called to the location regarding a fight call, but later said it was believed the shooing occurred outside, and it was not immediately known if the shooting was connected to the original fight call.
Officers found Guizar-Gutierrez on the sidewalk suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper body. Honorato was lying in the street, suffering from a gunshot to the upper body. Guizar-Gutierrez was pronounced dead at the scene. Paramedics rushed Honorato to an area hospital, where she later died from her injuries.
Further details, including suspect information, were not available, Chavarria said.
Long Beach police homicide detectives urged anyone with information regarding the shooting to call them at 562-570-7244 or Crime Stoppers at 800- 222-8477.
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