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Hunt for murder suspects continues

April 1, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The East Los Angeles neighbhorhood was in shock after two fatal shootings that appear unrelated.More than 24 hours after the shootings, police still have a "who done it" on their hands.

Grief-stricken family and friends of two men killed at Jesse's Auto Sales gathered at the used car lot, the scene of the first shooting on Olympic Boulevard. Two male employees were fatally shot at about 1:20 p.m., and two cars were stolen from the lot, according to the owner.

Click in the Eyewitness News story window above to watch Sid Garcia's report from the scene of one of the deadly shootings.

"The owner found the two victims. He was out to lunch, when he returned, he went to the garage and detail area and found the two victims inside," Lt. David Coleman of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The victims were identified as 50-year-old Francisco Cereceress and 62-year-old Arturo Saldana.

Famiy members mourned the loss of the two employees.

"My wife is really sad. She cannot believe this is happening, and it's just really sad moment for the whole family," said Brandon Garcia, one of the victim's nephew.

"For this to happen, he's been here since I was little, before I was even born. Everyone here, they know everybody in the neighborhood. They didn't deserve this, they didn't deserve this at all," said Amanda Perez, one of the victim's granddaughter.

Alberto Perez and Alejandro Rojas said they would often talk to the two victims and described them as nice guys with no enemies.

The suspects stole two vehicles, a gray 2000 four-door Jeep Cherokee with license plate #4LUE195 and a white 2001 four-door Dodge Dakota pickup truck with license plate #7Z41469.

Authorities say the second shooting happened at 1:37 p.m. Monday at a residence at 1232 Herbert Ave., where two Hispanic men were shot dead at that location.

According to Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter, the home shooting was gang-related, while the car lot shooting was fueled by automobile theft.

Authorities are investigating the shootings at both locations, but have little suspect information. Anyone with information about either shooting is urged to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Homicide at (323) 890-5500.

 

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