Fabian Garcia Barajas Jr., a 20-year-old Latino, died Tuesday, April 3, after he was shot on Gilman Road just north of Valley Boulevard in El Monte, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide investigators.
Barajas worked as a machine operator for Niron Inc. at Earlgate Street and Lemon Avenue in Walnut, said Det. Steve Blagg. His shift ended at midnight, Blagg said, and Barajas normally went straight home to Pomona, where he lived with his mother.
However, for reasons neither his family nor investigators know, Barajas drove east instead of west when his shift ended April 3, to an industrial area in El Monte, said Blagg.
El Monte police were called to the area about 12:25 a.m., after Barajas’ white Infiniti G37 sedan crashed through a security gate outside a warehouse at 12368 Valley Blvd.
Barajas was inside the car, slumped behind the steering ...