Police search for boyfriend in connection to fatal shooting of woman, 6-year-old son in Baldwin Park

Cars sit on a blocked street
Merced Avenue in Baldwin Park is blocked off as the search is on for a suspect who fatally shot a woman and a child during a suspected domestic dispute.

Police are searching for a 36-year-old man in connection to the fatal shooting of his 26-year-old girlfriend and her 6-year-old son. Their bodies were discovered Sunday in a backyard at a home in Baldwin Park, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

Rigoberto Covarrubias is wanted in connection to the shooting and remains the prime suspect, police said.

The mother was identified as Yesli Velazquez Gonzalez from Baldwin Park, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Relatives told KNBC-TV Channel 4 that her son, 6-year-old Angel, had his birthday party less than a month ago.


Residents reported hearing gunshots in the 4200 block of Merced Avenue, according to Baldwin Park Police, who arrived at the location around 9:30 p.m. Gonzalez was pronounced dead at the scene and Angel was taken to a hospital, where he died, according to authorities.

Law enforcement believe the shooter fled the scene after a domestic-related incident.

Officials announced that a 16-year-old boy tried to recruit other students to commit a mass shooting and bombing.

June 6, 2022

Anyone with information can call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Anonymous tips can be made with Crime Stoppers by dialing (800) 222-8477.