EAST LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Two young brothers were killed and another person was wounded during a shooting attack Sunday at the Ruben Salazar Park in East Los Angeles.
The shooting occurred in broad daylight.
Paramedics were dispatched at 11:11 a.m. to 3864 Whittier Blvd. They rushed two people to Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, according to a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher.
One of the victims was pronounced dead at the park, according to a watch commander at the sheriff’s East LA station.
A second died at the hospital, and the condition of the third shooting victim was not immediately released, the dispatcher said.
KCAL9’s Rebecca Ferriter said three suspects — including the gunman — are still on the loose.
Ferriter spoke with the victims’ emotional family.
The deceased have been identified as 33-year-old Tony Aguilar and his 28-year-old brother, Johnny.
“I love you guys, you guys did not deserve to go down this way,” said their cousin Ryan Aguilar.
Ryan said his cousins loved sports.
“They would always come here every weekend and play basketball,” said Ryan.
The cousins were shot on the park’s basketball court.
Both men were shot multiple times, according to police.
Witnesses said three people — a man, a woman and a juvenile — came up to the brothers and at some point in conversation the man pulled out a gun and started shooting.
The shooter ran off with the other two.
“Hopefully we find out who did this and make them pay,” said Ryan.
The victims’ cousin told Ferriter both men were married with children. Johnny was a father of three — all under the age of 6. Tony’s first born, a son, is 9-months-old.
Ryan says growing up without his older cousins wil be a huge loss and one he’ll never get over.
“They used to always used to talk about watching me play football, they never got the chance to do that,” he said.
Anyone with information on the shooter is asked to call the LA County Sheriff’s Department or LA Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous.
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