How a 4-year-old was killed in Altadena drive-by shooting

How a 4-year-old was killed in Altadena drive-by shooting

By Hugo Guzman

Managing Editor, Foothill Advocate

ALTADENA — Gunfire from a drive-by shooting in the 300 block of Figueroa Drive Tuesday killed a 4-year-old boy and injured a 27-year-old man.

Salvador Esparza III, of Monrovia, was pronounced dead at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, where the second victim was also being treated for injuries.

Services are pending.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. John Corina said that the boy was sitting on the front porch of the  home, along with a 27-year-old man. Around 10:30 p.m., a gunman in a dark-colored or black vehicle drove up to the house and opened fire. At least 13 rounds were fired, according to reports from the scene. The victims were discovered by a deputy about 20 minutes later, sheriff’s Deputy Trina Schrader said.

The boy was identified as Salvador Esparza III, of Monrovia, according to the coroner’s office. Authorities also said that the man was a family friend, and had no relation to the deceased. It’s unknown if the shooting was gang-related, authorities said. Corina that it was unclear what lead up to the shooting or if there was more than one suspect involved.

Anyone with details about the shooting should call the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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