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Higinio Jimenez-Gonzalez, 22

Higinio Jimenez-Gonzalez, a 22-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Monday, May 9, in the 9600 block of Alpaca Street in South El Monte, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records. 

Jimenez-Gonzalez was at work at Baby Blue Fashion about 8:23 a.m. when a man bicycled up to the business and asked for him to come outside, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Jauch. 

When Jimenez-Gonzalez walked out, the man pulled out a revolver and shot him multiple times, Jauch said. 

The victim’s coworkers ran outside when they heard the gunfire and wrestled the shooter to the ground, holding him there until deputies arrived, Jauch said.

Jimenez-Gonzalez was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:30 a.m., according to coroner’s records.

The alleged gunman, Leonel Xotoy, a 31-year-old Latino from South El Monte, was arrested on suspicion of murder and booked into jail, Jauch said.

Xotoy's arraignment is scheduled for May 12 in Department N of the Los Angeles County Superior Court's Pomona Courthouse. 

Investigators don’t know the relationship between Xotoy and Jimenez-Gonzalez, Jauch said, and are trying to confirm statements that the victim may have been dating a co-worker who had children with Xotoy. 

A female employee at the business does have three children with Xotoy, Jauch said, and an "on-again, off-again relationship with the suspect," but he refused to comment further on the relationship between the three.

Jimenez-Gonzalez’s family has started an online fundraiser to collect $7,000 to pay for transporting his body to Mexico. 

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (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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