Manuel Arthur-Joel Jacobo, 22
Manuel Arthur-Joel Jacobo, a 22-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Thursday, June 28, in the 7100 block of Pico Vista Road in Pico Rivera, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Deputies were called to the scene at 9:27 p.m. after residents heard gunfire and found Jacobo lying unconscious in the street, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.
Jacobo was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:45 p.m., according to coroner’s records. The cause of death was listed as multiple gunshot wounds.
No witnesses reported seeing the shooting, Mendoza said, and investigators don’t have a description of the suspect, or know whether the shooter was on foot or in a vehicle.
Jacobo lived in another part of Pico Rivera with his family, Mendoza said. An online fundraising account that says Jacobo used the nickname "Papa" has been started to help his family cover funeral costs.
Investigators believe Jacobo was walking outside the home of someone he knew — Carmelo Pizarro Jr., 22 — just before he was shot.
In what appears to be an unrelated incident, Pizarro was shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies on July 19, in the same area where Jacobo was gunned down three weeks earlier, Mendoza said.
Pizarro’s parents, Maria Reza and Carmelo Pizarro Sr., told reporters that Jacobo was Pizarro’s best friend, and he had been depressed about Jacobo’s death, KTLA 5 reported.
Mendoza said investigators are still trying to confirm the friendship between Pizarro and Jacobo. “We haven’t made any connections yet, but we’re looking into it," Mendoza said.
Authorities say Pizarro had been running from deputies who tried to pull him over on suspicion of drunk driving early in the morning of July 19. After crashing his car at Eglise Avenue and Bert Street, Pizarro ran through backyards carrying a handgun until he got to his home on Pico Vista Road about a mile away, authorities say.
One deputy fired at Pizarro as he ran from the scene of the crash, but it's not clear if he was struck, Mendoza said. Two deputies shot Pizarro next door to his home at 1:56 a.m. for reasons investigators are trying to determine, Mendoza said.
Investigators found a handgun that Pizarro allegedly dropped in a backyard while he was running from deputies, Mendoza said. There is no evidence the gun was fired, Mendoza said, and no weapon was found near Pizarro's body after he was shot.
Mendoza refused to release more details about Pizarro's death, out of concern his comments could taint ongoing witness interviews.
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.