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Jose Ricardo Gallegos, 50

Jose Gallegos, a 50-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Monday, July 3, in the 22000 block of South Neptune Avenue in Carson, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Gallegos, a handyman who lived in Carson, had gone to the home of a relative to do some work around 8:30 a.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Guillermo Morales said. 

The relative, Craig Villa, met Gallegos in the driveway, and the two began to argue, Morales said. 

“There was an ongoing family dispute,” Morales said. “He was supposed to do some handyman work, but then this ongoing simmering feud reared its head.”

Gallegos left and began walking back to his car. He was in the street when Villa, 40, pulled a gun and shot him multiple times, striking him in the upper torso, Morales said.

Villa then returned to his driveway and shot himself in the upper torso, Morales said. 

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene at 8:43 a.m., according to coroner’s records. 

Investigators said they don’t know how the men were related or whether Villa was armed before the argument started.

Anyone with information 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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