Ricardo Baltazar Mota, a 33-year-old Latino, was killed Monday, March 27, after he was shot in the 800 block of North Garfield Avenue in Montebello, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Investigators think Mota met someone in the parking lot of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Catholic Church that evening while parishioners were inside during a prayer group meeting, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Marcelo Quintero said.
Around 8:45 p.m., the Montebello Police Department received calls about shots fired in an area near the church, Quintero said.
“The street is full of apartment complexes, so the officers assumed it came from one of those complexes, but they didn’t find anything,” Quintero said. “Then, a few minutes later, the parishioners came out to the parking lot and found a man slumped over in his car.”
Mota was sitting behind the wheel of ...