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Oscar Romero, 26

Oscar Romero, a 26-year-old Latino, was killed Thursday, Oct. 8, after he was shot at the intersection of Whittier Boulevard and Acacia Avenue in Pico Rivera, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene at 6:28 p.m. regarding a man lying on the sidewalk suffering from gunshot wounds, according to a department news release. 

Witnesses told investigators that Romero and another man were walking south on Acacia Avenue with a female companion when the two men got into an argument. During the dispute, the man pulled out a handgun and shot Romero, according to the release. The man and the woman then walked west on Whittier Boulevard, according to witnesses. 

Deputies detained a man and a woman several blocks west on Whittier Boulevard and recovered a black handgun from a nearby trash can, according to the release. 

The suspects were arrested and booked into Pico Rivera Station that evening, but after talking to witnesses and looking at surveillance camera footage, investigators determined they were not involved in the shooting and the two were released, said Lt. John Corina. 

There was no information about whether the handgun found in the garbage can was involved in the shooting. 

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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