Juan-Carlos Castro Flores, 50
Juan Carlos Castro Flores, a 50-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Monday, June 18, at 14748 Nelson Ave. E. in the City of Industry, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Flores was working with framers at an industrial construction site about 9 a.m. when a man in a hard hat, dust mask and sunglasses walked up and began shooting, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred.
“He [the gunman] blended in with the other construction workers,” Alfred said. “He was asking around for where the framers were. People kept saying ‘I don’t know,’ but eventually he found the victim and shot him multiple times.”
Flores, a resident of Colton, was shot twice in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene at 9:36 a.m., according to coroner’s records. The cause of death was listed as multiple gunshot wounds.
Investigators were able to use witness accounts and video from surveillance cameras to track down a suspect in the shooting, Alfred said.
Investigators believe Elias Haro Rodriguez, a 25-year-old Latino from Perris, was jealous about the amount of work Castro Flores was getting in construction, Alfred said.
“They both took up construction work through the same agency and did similar jobs, but Mr. Flores had been picking up more good jobs than the suspect, even though he was relatively new to the group,” Alfred said.
Rodriguez’s SUV has very distinct markings, Alfred said, and investigators were able to put his vehicle at the scene of the shooting that morning based on surveillance footage from nearby businesses.
Investigators arrested Rodriguez June 21 outside a convenience store a short distance from his home in Perris, Alfred said. He was charged June 25 with one count of murder, with the special allegation that he used a firearm, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records.
Rodriguez is being held in lieu of $3 million bail. His arraignment has been continued to Aug. 29 at the Pomona Courthouse South.
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.