Martin Carlos Jr., 35
Martin Carlos Jr., a 35-year-old Latino, was pronounced dead on Monday, Aug. 12, after he was shot on the Los Angeles River West Bike Route, north of the Imperial Highway, in South Gate, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner records.
Firefighters were called to the scene around 4:40 p.m. regarding a body on the bike path between Imperial Highway and Firestone Boulevard, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Richard Biddle said.
Carlos' body was found on the path just north of Imperial Highway, Biddle said.
He was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:25 p.m., according to coroner's records. The cause of death was listed as a gunshot wound to the head.
Biddle said it appeared Carlos lived in a tent along the riverbed and had probably been shot several hours before he was found.
"We don't know if he was walking when he was shot but his tent, or what we believe is his tent, was found nearby," Biddle said. "It's hard to tell if there was a robbery or a struggle. We canvassed other transients in the area and haven't found any witnesses."
Carlos' family lives in the Bell Gardens area, Biddle said. Investigators believe Carlos had been living on the riverbed area for some time.
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.