Edgar Gilberto Fabian, 49
Edgar Gilberto Fabian, a 49-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Tuesday, Dec. 22, in the 4900 block of Mason Street in South Gate, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Fabian was shot inside the office of his business, the A-1 Diamond Touch Body Shop, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Eddie Hernandez. Deputies were called to the scene about 12:13 p.m.
A couple of employees were working in the shop, Hernandez said, but Fabian was alone in the office when he was shot. Witnesses told investigators they saw an adult male walk into the office and then heard multiple gunshots.
After the shooting, the shooter walked out of the business and was last seen walking east in an alley, Hernandez said.
Fabian was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:22 p.m. with multiple gunshot wounds, according to coroner’s records.
The employees told investigators that the assailant had come to the business before, looking for Fabian when he was away, Hernandez said. “This was not a robbery,” he said. “These men knew each other. We believe the suspect’s specific intent was to find the victim and kill him.”
Hernandez said the employees did not get a good look at the shooter. Their only description was a Latino in his 20s.
Investigators are trying to find out more about Fabian’s background and past business dealings to try to identify the suspect. 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.