Victim's co-workers hold down suspect after South El Monte fatal shooting

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A suspect who allegedly shot and killed an employee at a South El Monte business tried to make a run for it before getting tackled by the victim's co-workers. (KABC)

A suspect who allegedly shot and killed an employee at a South El Monte business tried to make a run for it, but he was tackled by the victim's co-workers.

The shooting occurred in the 9600 block of Alpaca Street shortly before 8:30 a.m. Sheriff's deputies said the suspect rode a bicycle to the location and asked for the victim, later identified by friends as Hijinio Jimenez Gonzalez, to come outside of his place of work.

When the 22-year-old victim stepped outside, the suspect, identified by sheriff's deputies as 31-year-old Xotoy Santos, shot him multiple times with a revolver, authorities said. Gonzalez was pronounced dead at the scene.

After hearing the shots go off, Gonzalez's co-workers rushed outside, wrestled Santos to the ground and held him until deputies arrived.

Sheriff's officials said the relationship between Santos and Gonzalez was not clear. However, investigators said a female co-worker of the victim has children in common with Santos. Detectives did not know if that woman and the suspect are currently in a relationship or if the two are estranged.

Friends said although Gonzalez and the woman were just friends, the victim had received threats just days ago.

"It's hard and I don't understand why there's people out there that are going about their day and ruining other people's lives, and that's really, really unfair. I hope that whoever did this pays," said Carlos Aquino, a friend of Gonzalez.

Sheriff's officials said Gonzalez was an employee at a local business called Baby Blue Fashion, Inc. The victim's mother, Ernestina Sanchez, said Gonzalez was a respectful and hardworking immigrant from Mexico, who was saving up money to build his mother a home in the state of Oaxaca.

Santos was cuffed by deputies and booked on suspicion of murder at the Temple sheriff's station.

Deputies recovered a firearm from the scene, which they believe was used by Santos to kill Gonzalez.

The incident does not appear to be gang related, officials said. The investigation is ongoing.

A GoFundMe page has been set up by Gonzalez's family for help with funeral expenses. To donate, visit

If you have any relevant information, you're urged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. You can also provide anonymous tips by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS or by texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637).
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