IRVINE (CBS) — A woman was fatally shot in Irvine Thursday afternoon —  in broad daylight near the daycare center she worked —  and police say they have arrested her estranged husband as the killer.

The woman, now identified as 29-year-old Alejandra Hernandez of Orange, was shot on Via Siena near Amalfi Drive, not far from University High School, Irvine police Lt. Julia Engen said.

Police responded to a call of shots fired at 2:10 p.m., she said. They initially  warned residents to lock their doors as officers scoured the area for suspects.

Orange County Fire Authority paramedics tried to revive the woman, but she was pronounced dead at the scene, according to OCFA Battalion Chief Kris Concepcion.

Hernandez’ estranged husband, 35-year-old John Rand Agosta, was taken into custody on suspicion of murder.

Police did not give a motive for the murder other than to describe the couple as estranged.

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Comments (5)
  1. Andrew says:

    Don’t have a motive???? I’ll tell you the motive. She didn’t want to be with him anymore. If he’s the type of guy capable of doing this to her, how do you think he treated her when they were together? At best, he was probably controlling and verbally abusive to her, believing that she was HIS property.But, he was probably physically abusiveto her as well. So, she left him. But, his primitive mindset says : “IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU, NOBODY CAN”. The cops don’t need to look any further than into his SICK MIND!!!

  2. Jason Fleming says:

    That is a completely uninformed and ignorant comment. You don’t know him or her and you don’t even know if he did it. From what I know of John, he is not capable of something like this, is not abusive, nor controlling. I would recommend people keep their speculation to themselves until this all plays out. Thank you.

  3. lou says:

    Everyday some crazy jealous mexican kills his wife.

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