Bobby Joe Salazar, 30
Bobby Joe Salazar, a 30-year-old Latino, died Wednesday, June 2, after he was shot weeks earlier at the intersection of San Gabriel Boulevard and Walnut Grove Avenue in Rosemead, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide investigators.
Salazar was shot May 15 about 10:40 p.m., said Lt. Eddie Hernandez, while riding in the front passenger seat of a car driven by his friend. They were headed southbound on San Gabriel Boulevard when a second car pulled alongside them and the driver of that car got into a shouting match with Salazar and his friend.
They had some kind of "staring contest," Hernandez said, "and then it went downhill from there.”
When the cars stopped at the traffic light at Walnut Grove Avenue, the man in the other car pulled out a gun and began shooting. The gunfire struck Salazar multiple times and his friend once, Hernandez said.
The men were taken to the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, Hernandez said. The friend, who was struck in the upper torso, was released after a couple of days, but Salazar never left the hospital, Hernandez said.
Salazar's injuries included a gunshot wound to the head, according to coroner’s records, and he was pronounced dead on June 2 at 6:39 p.m.
Hernandez said Salazar and his friend, who are from South El Monte, didn’t know their attacker, who was described only as a Latino adult.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.