Jovany Solis Guerra, 21
Jovany Solis Guerra, a 21-year-old Latino, died Thursday, Jan. 5, after he was shot in the 5100 block of Abbott Road in South Gate, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
South Gate police were called about 12:40 p.m. Tuesday about a gunshot victim, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Marcelo Quintero.
They found Solis Guerra sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked car with multiple gunshot wounds to his head and neck. Solis Guerra’s friend, a 23-year-old Latino, was sitting beside him in the front seat, uninjured, Quintero said.
For the Record
Jan. 30, 6:15 p.m.: A previous version of this report identified Jovany Solis Guerra as Gevany Solis.
Solis Guerra was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead two days later at 12:07 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
According to witnesses, Solis Guerra was parked next to the curb in the residential neighborhood near his home when a light-colored, compact, four-door sedan pulled up next to his car, Quintero said.
Witnesses said they saw the person in the sedan's passenger seat open fire, Quintero said. The sedan then drove away eastbound on Abbott Road then southbound on Saint James Avenue.
Quintero said the attackers were described only as younger Latinos wearing dark clothing.
Solis Guerra was involved with a "graffiti tagging group" in the area, Quintero said, and investigators believe the shooting may be related to "gang-like disputes between those groups."
Quintero described tagging groups as "graffiti vandals who claim geographical areas by spray painting on any visible surface." Over the past few years, he said, "we've seen that it's become more common for these groups to escalate their disputes with shootings."
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.