Woman sentenced to 350 years in shooting rampage across southeast L.A. County that left one dead

L.A. County Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Bergner, right, is joined in 2017 by family members of Jose Ricardo Sahagun, who was killed in La Mirada in a shooting rampage that year.
(Michael Balsamo / Associated Press)

A woman who was convicted of an hours-long shooting rampage in Whittier and La Mirada that left one person dead was sentenced Tuesday to more than 350 years in prison.

Reyna Gomez, 27, was convicted Sept. 13 of one count of murder, 14 counts of attempted murder and one count of carjacking after carrying out a string of violent crimes in April 2017. She and Alejandro Lazo, 22, shot drivers and bystanders at random, killing one man and wounding three people, authorities said.

Judge Roger Ito sentenced Gomez to 83 years and four months plus 270 years for her crimes Tuesday morning. Lazo, who faces the same charges as Gomez, is scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial hearing in December.


Traveling in a white Kia Rio, Gomez and Lazo began the rampage by shooting a pedestrian in Whittier, authorities said. The couple then stole a man’s car and continued shooting their way through Whittier and La Mirada, authorities said.

The pair are accused of then fatally shooting Jose Ricardo Sahagun, 44, who was sitting in his car at a traffic light in La Mirada. They fired at several others in the area, officials said.

Authorities said Gomez and Lazo passed a handgun to each other, taking turns firing as Lazo drove the car.

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4 p.m.: This article was updated with additional details about the case against Gomez and Lazo.

This article was originally published at 12:05 p.m.