Two 19-year-olds sought in shooting that left 2 dead, 2 wounded at Covina house party
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s help in finding two 19-year-old suspects wanted in connection with a shooting that left two people dead and two others wounded at a Covina house party early Sunday.
Authorities are searching for Joel Daniel Garcia, described as being 6 feet 1 and weighing about 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, the Sheriff’s Department said in a release. Authorities have identified a second suspect, Brian Thomas Ramos, described as being 5 feet 10 and weighing about 145 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
The shooting was reported around 12:24 a.m. in the 17000 block of East Bellbrook Avenue, according to authorities. Deputies responding to the call discovered four men suffering from gunshot wounds.
Nelson Chia, 73, killed himself after he was arrested in the killing of Lili Xu, authorities said. He stood to gain millions from her death.
One person died at the scene while three others were transported to a local hospital, where one died. The conditions of the two surviving men were unknown.
One of the victims was identified as 20-year-old Ronnie Benitez, according to the Los Angeles County coroner. The other victim has not been identified.
Homicide investigators learned that a person at the party had fired at the others before fleeing the scene, authorities said.
Garcia and Ramos should be considered armed and dangerous, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Anyone with information about their locations is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
The officer, identified as Lorenzo Morgan, told dispatchers he had accidentally shot himself and was on the side of the road in his vehicle in Oro Grande.
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