Oxnard's increasingly violent streets have claimed their second victim in a week, this time in the city's La Colonia neighborhood, where a 35-year-old man was gunned down on the sidewalk near his home.
Police found Reynaldo Sandoval lying in the gutter of North Roosevelt Avenue about 11 p.m. Sunday after residents reported a shooting. Sandoval, who was pronounced dead at the scene, died of gunshot wounds to the head and chest, Deputy Coroner Ronald O'Halloran said Monday.
Detectives on Monday had no motives or suspects in the shooting and are questioning Sandoval's friends and relatives for clues, according to police spokesman David Keith.
Witnesses said they heard three to six shots shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday and looked out to see Sandoval--a lifetime La Colonia resident--on the ground beneath a pickup truck, his head on the curb.
"I just saw him laid out with his head on the sidewalk," said Cesar Valenzuela, 19.
Neighbors said Sandoval was a transvestite who was well-known on the streets of La Colonia. He was dressed in spandex pants and a red women's top when he was killed, witnesses said.
Sandoval's death comes days after 14-year-old Gabriel Alcazar Jr. was killed near Oxnard High School, a victim of escalating tensions between Oxnard's black and Latino gangs. No arrest has been made in Gabriel's shooting.
Friends of Sandoval said he was a friendly person who loved children and always wanted to ensure they were happy. "A very good person," said Julia Nunez of Sandoval. "No one had any problems" with him.