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Daniel Becerra Chavez, 25

Daniel Becerra Chavez, a 25-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Sunday, Oct. 25, at the intersection of Shrode and Lincoln avenues in Mayflower Village, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were called to the residential area about 7 p.m. regarding a shooting, which also injured a pregnant woman, said Homicide Bureau Sgt. Gean Okada. 

When deputies arrived, they found Chavez lying on the sidewalk with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:21 p.m., according to coroner’s records.

Witnesses told investigators that Chavez was walking north on Lincoln Avenue and approached Shrode Avenue. He reportedly got into an argument with someone in a small, dark-colored SUV that was heading west on Shrode, Okada said, and someone in the SUV opened fire, striking Chavez multiple times. 

The other shooting victim, a 30-year-old Latina, didn’t know Chavez. She was behind Chavez, several houses south of the intersection, when she was struck by an errant bullet in the upper leg.

The woman was out on a walk with her mother when she was struck.

“She was really lucky,” Okada said.

The woman was taken to a nearby hospital and survived, Okada said. She delivered a healthy baby on its expected due date a week later. 

Chavez lived alone in Duarte and had three children who lived with his girlfriend, Okada said. Family members told investigators that Chavez was a former gang member, however Okada said investigators don’t know whether the shooting was gang related. 

“Everyone was surprised to hear about a shooting in that area, because there hasn’t been an active gang problem in that neighborhood,” Okada said. “This is just a residential, working-class neighborhood, with single-family homes and mixed cultures — blacks, Hispanics and Asians living as a community. These are good, decent hard-working folks who don’t want to come home to people being shot in their neighborhood.” 

Okada said investigators need more information about the suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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