Carlos Pierre Zaragoza, 33
Carlos Pierre Zaragoza, a 33-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Thursday, July 25, in the 21900 block of Roscoe Boulevard in Canoga Park, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly before 2 a.m., Gerry Dean Zaragoza, a 26-year-old Latino, opened fire on his brother, Carlos Pierre Zaragoza; his father, Carlos Ignacio Zaragoza, 56; and his mother inside an apartment.
His mother was hospitalized with a wound to the hand.
Both the brother and father were pronounced dead at the scene, according to coroner’s records.
Police said that about 45 minutes later, Gerry Zaragoza went to North Hollywood, where he opened fire on a former girlfriend and a man outside a Shell gas station.
Hours later, he tried to rob a man outside a Bank of America in Canoga Park.
Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department were deployed across the San Fernando Valley in an attempt to find Zaragoza. The department had blasted Zaragoza’s photo across social media, hoping someone would spot him and call law enforcement.
About 1 p.m., authorities said he shot and killed another man in an Orange Line bus stopped at Victory Boulevard and Woodley Avenue in Van Nuys.
“He didn’t even talk to his last victim,” said LAPD Capt. Billy Hayes, who oversees the robbery-homicide division. “He’s getting off the bus and he turns and shoots the person. It doesn’t look like there was any interaction between them.”
Detectives reviewed a video from the bus to identify the gunman and determine what unfolded inside, Hayes said.
Two officers with the LAPD and FBI joint fugitive task force spotted Zaragoza about 2:30 p.m. walking on Canoga Avenue near Gault Street and yelled for him to put his hands up. Zaragoza refused, and authorities used a Taser to subdue him.
The first three people – Zaragoza’s brother, father and ex-girlfriend – were targeted, police said.
Authorities don’t believe he knew the man shot on the bus.
Zaragoza was charged July 29 with four counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of attempted robbery, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
— Times staff writer Matthew Ormseth contributed to this report.