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Carlos Guzman Sanchez, 50

Carlos Guzman Sanchez, a 50-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Thursday, Nov. 23, in the 8000 block of Emerson Place in Rosemead, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Sanchez had just parked in front of his home on Emerson Place and was walking up his driveway around 6:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day when a man stepped forward and shot him, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred said.

Investigators think the shooter had been waiting for Sanchez, Alfred said. 

Sanchez was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:39 p.m., according to coroner’s records. 

The following day, Zhongqiang Meng, a 27-year-old Chinese national who lived in Rosemead, turned himself in to the Monterey Park Police Department, Alfred said. 

Meng had been identified by investigators as a likely suspect in Sanchez’s death. He had sold a dog to Sanchez, Alfred said, and claimed that Sanchez still owed him money.

Meng also was angry at the auto body shop in Rosemead where Sanchez worked, Alfred said. He and his family live in a house behind the shop, and “he thought the business was causing a health problem for his parents and other members of his extended family,” the lieutenant said. 

Meng was charged with capital murder on Nov. 28, making him eligible for the death penalty, and is scheduled to be arraigned on Jan. 16, said Sarah Ardalani, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.  

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau air (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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