Esteban Bustamante, 20
Esteban Bustamante, a 20-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Tuesday June 20, at Garvey Avenue and Durfee Avenue in El Monte, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Bustamante was riding in the backseat of a car with a juvenile male friend beside him and two female friends in the front seats, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Moore.
The car stopped at a red light about 11 p.m., facing north on Durfee Avenue, at Garvey Avenue, Moore said, and a gray compact sedan pulled up alongside it.
Bustamante got into an argument with a man in the other car, Moore said. “We don’t know what the conversation was, but it was a gang affiliation type conversation, so we are considering it a gang-related incident,” he said.
The man got out of the driver’s side of his car, walked up to the car Bustamante was in and began shooting into the back seat, striking Bustamante and his friend, Moore said. The gunman then got back into his car and drove away.
The driver of Bustamante’s car drove to a nearby hospital, where the juvenile male was treated for his wounds and is expected to survive.
Bustamante was pronounced dead at the hospital at 11:14 p.m., according to coroner’s records. The cause of death was listed as multiple gunshot wounds.
The women in the front of the car were not injured, Moore said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.