2 arrested in shooting death of South Los Angeles taco vendor

ByABC7.com staff via KABC logo
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Alvaro Mato-Rizo, 30, of Bell Gardens, is seen in an undated file photo.
Alvaro Mato-Rizo, 30, of Bell Gardens, is seen in an undated file photo.
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LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Police said they've made arrests in the shooting death of a popular street vendor in South Los Angeles.

Los Angeles police have yet to release details of the arrests except to say that two suspects were taken into custody. They were set to provide more information at a news conference scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

Alvaro Mato-Rizo, 30, of Bell Gardens, was working at a taco cart when a red vehicle stopped in the street at the intersection of 51st Street and McKinley Avenue June 19.

According to police, three suspects got of the car and approached Mato-Rizo, possibly to rob him. One of the suspects pointed a gun at him and shot him in the face.

The suspects then got in the car and fled the area. Mato-Rizo was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mato-Rizo, a married father of a 2-year-old boy, sold tacos outside the Ramirez Market six days a week.