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Andrew Edward Gallegos, 30

Andrew Edward Gallegos, a 30-year-old Latino, was fatally shot on Thursday, Jan. 24, in the 13200 block of Valley Boulevard in the Bassett area just east of El Monte, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's records. 

Gallegos and another man were standing on the sidewalk in front of the Bliss Showgirls strip club around 2:20 a.m. when a man described only as a Latino pulled his car up alongside them, got out and began shooting, said Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Scott Hoglund. 

The gunfire struck Gallegos in the head and he fell to the sidewalk, according to coroner's records. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:32 a.m., according to coroner's records. 

The other man, later identified by family members as Gallegos' cousin, was not injured and remained at the scene, Hoglund said, but he couldn't provide many details about the shooter or his vehicle.

Family members told NBC-TV Channel 4 that Gallegos was married and worked for a construction company. His cousin was visiting from the Bay Area, they said, so Gallegos went out with him that evening for drinks, and the two were waiting for a taxi ride home when the shooting began.

Gallegos was a "healthy, handsome, hard-working boy," his aunt Silvia Hernandez said on camera. "No reason for him to have lost his life. I have no idea why this would happen to him, or who would do something like that to him."

Investigators are hoping nearby surveillance cameras can provide a description of the shooter and his vehicle, Hoglund said. The car was last seen heading west on Valley Boulevard.

 "At this time we don't know of any motive or relationship between the suspect or the victim, or any altercation that may have occurred earlier," Hoglund said. 

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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