Homeless man shot, killed outside Jack in the Box in Whittier

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Saturday, November 5, 2016
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A homeless man was shot and killed outside a Jack in the Box in Whittier, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.

WHITTIER, Calif. (KABC) -- A suspect shot and killed a homeless man outside a Jack in the Box in Whittier on Thursday, according to authorities.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the shooting happened outside the fast food restaurant in the 1100 block of Washington Boulevard at about 11:40 p.m.

Friends of the victim identified him as "Ray Ray" and said he was homeless but turning his life around.

"He was a good man," Cici Martinez, a friend of the victim said. "He became a dad two months ago and he was ready to start a new job."

Martinez said she was at the Jack in the Box when the shooting happened and tried performing CPR on the victim before helped arrived.

"He lost consciousness for maybe a couple seconds and then I knew he was dead," Martinez said. "When you fade away, the eyes close, I knew he was already gone."

The victim, said to be in his 30s, was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives said surveillance video captured the suspect's car and described it as a dark sedan.

The sheriff's department said the driver stopped, flashed their headlights at the victim before exiting the car and opening fire.

Anyone with information about the shooting that could aid detectives in their investigation was urged to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.