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2 men shot to death near IE apartment complex

February 2, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Two young men were killed in San Bernardino, where they were gunned down on the driveway of an apartment complex.

The shooting happened just two blocks away from where a teenage boy was shot less than a week ago. Although the two deadly shootings happened in the same neighborhood, San Bernardino police said they do not believe that they are connected.

Police arrived on scene of the latest shooting on the 1400 block of North Sepulveda Avenue at about 9:14 p.m. Wednesday. Roberto Elizarraraz Jr., 19, and Angel Xavier Perez, 22, were shot and killed after an argument with suspects. The context of the argument remains unknown.

"There was some form of a gathering at that location. During that gathering, an argument ensued and gunfire erupted," said San Bernardino Police Department Lt. Paul Williams.

Adrian Nelson said his son was outside during the time of the shooting and almost became a victim.

"They ran through here and laid my 16-year-old son down, and my son begged for his life," said Nelson. "When he did one, two clicks- you could hear the clicks- and they didn't have no more shells in the gun...they didn't want to leave no witnesses, that's what I'm getting at."

Witnesses said two suspects were seen running from the location, but there were no more details regarding their descriptions. Police canvassed the area to gather more information, but no arrests were made.

The neighborhood has grown accustomed to the sound of gunshots. Residents said things seem to be getting worse day by day and she's thinking of moving.

"It's really been bad. It's like a shooting every week," said Arana Cleveland, a mother of two who manages an apartment building down the street from the location of the double murder. "I don't let my kids come out and play. I don't. They stay in the house."

"It makes me feel unsafe," said resident Anthony Miller. "Me and my mother were talking about moving out of here. We've been here for like four years, and it's been a mess the whole time."

One of the victims was a known gang member, but investigators are not sure if the shooting itself is gang related.

Last Friday night, 15-year-old Steven Guzman was shot in the head on the 1500 block of North Belle Street.

Police stepped up patrols in the area after the drive-by shooting. Authorities don't know a motive behind the shooting, and the suspects in that case are still on the loose.

Police are looking for witnesses who can come forward with tips regarding both of the shootings. If you have any information, you're urged to contact the San Bernardino Police Department at (909) 384-5663.