At least eight people died in violence across Los Angeles County over the weekend, including five homicides during a 4 1/2 -hour stretch.
Authorities said the slayings did not appear to be connected.
The killings began in Long Beach early Saturday morning, when an unknown assailant approached Isai Jimenez, 30, at 2:55 a.m. as he sat in a restaurant in the 400 block of West Pacific Coast Highway and "shot him several times," said Long Beach Police Sgt. David Marander. Investigators believe the incident may be gang-related.
About the same time, 28-year-old Carlos Pulido was found with multiple gunshot wounds in a driveway in unincorporated Los Angeles County near Watts. Pulido was shot outside a party he was attending in the 8200 block of Croesus Avenue, said Deputy Ed Hernandez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He died at the scene.
The string of five killings in less than five hours began Saturday about 10:25 p.m., when a 22-year-old man was stabbed in Hawaiian Gardens, and ended Sunday about 2:40 a.m., when a 37-year-old man was shot in the 1300 block of West 94th Street in the Athens area of South Los Angeles, authorities said.