Omar Yousaf Latif, 25
Omar Yousaf Latif, a 25-year-old Latino also known as Omar Yousaf Solano, was shot and killed on Tuesday, Nov. 22, in the 9800 block of Giovane Street in El Monte, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Latif was near his home, walking in the street toward his parked car, when someone ran up to him and began shooting about 8:53 a.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Marcelo Quintero.
Latif was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:05 a.m., according to coroner's records.
A fundraising page has been started to help Latif's family pay for his burial. The site describes Latif as a husband and new father, with a 2-month-old daughter. He is one of four siblings and lived in El Monte, according to the site.
Other people were outside or driving by when the shooting happened, "but most were just concentrating on where they were going," Quintero said.
A person driving by saw Latif lying in the street and initially thought he had been struck by a car, Quintero said. When the driver got out to help, he realized Latif had been shot, Quintero said.
One neighbor, Ramon Aldana, told KNBC-TV Channel 4 that he saw a male passenger get out of a light gray car and shoot Latif three times at close range. The driver opened the passenger door and the shooter got back inside the car, which then drove away, he said.
Others reported seeing a man running from the scene, Quintero said. He was described as a Latino in his early 20s, wearing a white shirt and baggy blue jeans, but it's not clear if he was the shooter or someone just trying to get away from the gunfire.
Latif's wife ran out of the house after the shooting with her daughter in her arms, Aldana said. "She said, 'Oh my God.' She squeezed the baby and ran back into the house."
Quintero said the motive for the shooting is unclear.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.