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Man Killed, Another Injured as Gunman Fires on Parked Car

April 06, 2002|From a Times Staff Writer

One man died early Friday and another was wounded after a gunman opened fire on a parked car in Pico Rivera.

Lt. Michael Rodriguez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said William Rocha, 26, and Louie Soto, 18, were sitting with another man and a woman in a car outside a home in the 4700 block of Orange Street around 11:30 p.m. Thursday when a white vehicle stopped next to them.

According to authorities, one of the occupants of the white car asked the men where they were from, and when they replied that they were "from nowhere," he opened fire, striking Rocha and Soto.

Rocha was taken to County-USC Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 12:24 a.m.

Soto was taken to Beverly Hospital, where he was released after being treated for bullet wounds in the leg and arm. The occupants of the white car escaped.

Rodriguez said detectives are investigating the possibility that the shooting was gang-related but added that they do not believe that either Rocha or Soto was a gang member.

FOR THE RECORD
Los Angeles Times Thursday April 11, 2002 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 A2 Desk 2 inches; 39 words Type of Material: Correction
Shooting victim--A story in Saturday's California section incorrectly identified a man who had been fatally wounded in a shooting in the 4700 block of Orange Street in Pico Rivera. Jaime Morones, 26, of Los Angeles, was pronounced dead at 12:24 a.m. Friday at USC-Medical Center.

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