Two men who shot and killed three people inside a Pico Rivera pizza parlor were sentenced to death Friday.
Rudy Ruiz, 34, and John Perez, 47, were convicted in April of three counts of first-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder in connection with the June 27, 2009, shooting at Falcone's Pizza.
At the time of the shooting, the victims were holding a fundraiser for a two children who had lost a parent in a house fire.
According to prosecutors, Ruiz and Perez, both gang members, mistakenly believed that the victims were members of a rival gang. Ruiz fired the first shots from the back of the crowded restaurant while two other gunmen waited outside the front, authorities said. Perez was the getaway driver, prosecutors alleged.
Garret Dandini, 25, Tony Dandini, 39, and Juan Carlos Carrera, 37, were killed. Seven others were injured, including one woman who must now use a wheelchair.