Irving Giovanni Araujo, 29
Irving Giovanni Araujo, a 29-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, in the 12000 block of Downey Avenue in Downey, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
The incident began at 5:24 p.m. when the Downey Police Department received 911 calls about shots fired in the parking lot behind a large apartment complex, Sgt. Kevin McCaster said.
Shortly thereafter, the department also received reports about a gray Toyota Yaris that collided with parked cars near the shooting scene.
When officers arrived, they found Araujo lying in the parking lot, McCaster said.
Araujo, who lived in Los Angeles, was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:26 p.m. with multiple gunshot wounds, including one to the head, according to coroner’s records.
The officers stopped two other men a short distance from the crashed Yaris, McCaster said. One had a gunshot wound, and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The two men were arrested on suspicion of a probation violation, McCaster said.
Witnesses reported that a third male adult also ran from the Yaris, but officers couldn’t find him, McCaster said.
Investigators found drugs and multiple weapons at the scene, but McCaster said he couldn’t provide details about how many or what kind. Investigators are also trying to determine how the men knew each other, he said, and what they were doing in the parking lot.
"I can say there was some sort of gathering at the rear of the complex, between multiple male individuals, during which time an altercation took place, one man was killed, another was injured and people fled the area,” McCaster said. “It was a shootout, but who was shooting at whom we’re still trying to determine."
The case is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Paul Hernandez at (562) 904-2368. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.