Francis William Varney, a 77-year-old white man, was shot and killed Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the 500 block of West 4th Street in Azusa, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Varney was one of three people who were shot when his next-door neighbor, Carlos Francisco Mendez, came out of his home armed with an automatic rifle around 2:25 p.m. and began firing at whomever he saw, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina.
Mendez, a 45-year-old Latino, first shot at passing cars, hitting a woman who was driving a van. The woman was struck in the head, Corina said, and her van crashed moments later.
Varney was shot when he walked out of his house, apparently to investigate the commotion, Corina said. Mendez then shot a woman who was walking down the street.
Police officers arrived a short time later ...