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Victor Alfredo Garcia, 23

Victor Alfredo Garcia, a 23-year-old Latino, died Saturday, July 9, after he was shot at the intersection of Cogswell Road and Klingerman Street in El Monte, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Garcia and his 21-year-old brother were driving home from work about 7 p.m. when Garcia got into an argument with at least two Latinos in a black Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Rosson said. 

The brother said the SUV cut them off, Rosson said, and Garcia, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, shouted at the driver. The men in the SUV shouted back, Rosson said, and the incident escalated. 

“It was basically a road rage thing,” Rosson said. 

At some point, the SUV pulled over and a man got out, Rosson said. As the brothers drove by, the man fired one shot that hit Garcia through the open passenger-side window.

The SUV then drove away, heading west on Klingerman Street, Rosson said. 

Garcia’s brother stopped the car and called 911. Paramedics took him to a nearby hospital but Garcia was pronounced dead in the emergency room at 7:42 p.m. with a gunshot wound to the right shoulder and chest, according to coroner’s records. 

The brothers live in El Monte, Rosson said. 

Investigators are asking for help in locating the men who were in the SUV, Rosson said. Anyone with information is asked to called the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.  

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