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Rocio Sandoval, 38

Rocio Sandoval, a 38-year-old Latina, died on Sunday, Feb. 11, after she was shot in the 1500 block of West McKinley Avenue in Azusa, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Sandoval and a male friend were talking in a car parked on McKinley Avenue just east of South Irwindale Avenue about 9:50 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.

The car was parked in a commercial area, near a local pub, Mendoza said. Sandoval was sitting in the front passenger seat and her friend, a 35-year-old Latino, was sitting in the driver’s seat, when a man they didn’t know came up to the car and began talking, Mendoza said. 

“It wasn’t even an angry conversation, but all of a sudden the male produced a handgun and began shooting into the vehicle,” Mendoza said. 

The man moved around the car as he was shooting, Mendoza said, and both Sandoval and her friend were struck by the gunfire. 

They were taken to a hospital where Sandoval was pronounced dead two days later, at 3:37 p.m., according to coroner’s records. The cause of death was listed as a gunshot wound to the head. 

The friend was injured but is expected to survive, Mendoza said. 

Sandoval lived in Rancho Cucamonga, Mendoza said. The shooter is described only as a Latino adult. 

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.  

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