California couple shot dead in row over parking spot: Woman, 44, is shot dead in the chest along with her partner, 39, in Long Beach by suspect who fled the scene and remains at large
- Juan Guizar-Gutierrez, 39, and Marciela Honorato, 44, were shot dead
- The couple were returning home from a fishing trip in Long Beach
- According to her sister, another driver became impatient with them as they tried to park
- There was a party going on at another home on the street and spots were limited
- Maria Honorato said an argument ensued and ‘escalated’, resulting in the killings
- The shooter or shooters remain at large; police are asking for public tips
A California couple have been shot dead in the street in a road-rage attack over a parking spot.
Juan Guizar-Gutierrez, 39, and his girlfriend Marciela Honorato, 44, were shot dead on Saturday night outside her daughter’s home in Long Beach.
Police are yet to reveal a motive for the shooting but witnesses say it was over a parking spot on the street.
The couple lived there and were returning home from a fishing trip on Saturday at 8pm when they encountered another driver.
There was a party going on at a neighbor’s house and parking was limited. According to Marciela’s sister Maria, she and Juan were trying to find somewhere to park when an argument ensued.
‘They parked in the middle of the street because there was no parking and there was another driver on the other side, in the back of them honking and … telling them to move or whatever.
Juan Guizar-Gutierrez, 39, and his girlfriend Marciela Honorato, 44, were shot dead on Saturday night outside her daughter’s home in Long Beach
This is the street in Long Beach where the shootings took place on Saturday night at around 8pm. Parking was limited because some of the couple’s neighbors were having a party. The suspect fled the scene and remains at large
‘And then it just escalated so quick,’ Maria Honorato told KTLA.
She later told CBS News: ‘They shot my brother-in-law first and my sister came out screaming, saying, “Oh my God, they shot him, they shot him,” and the person shot her too.
‘How can somebody just take lives like that, two lives, innocent lives, over a parking spot.’
Police are investigating the double shooting and are asking for the public’s help.
According to the woman’s daughter, they were returning home from a fishing trip on Saturday when they were attacked.
Tania Turcios, 21, was studying in the apartment when she heard ‘three pops’ outside. Initially, she thought the sound was fireworks.
Neighbors then pounded on her door, asking her to come outside, where she found her mother clinging to life after being shot in the chest.
Juan was nearby in a pool of blood.
Marciela had three daughters. They haves since told how she was a single mother for years before meeting her partner Juan
‘I told my mom I loved her. She had this gaze in her eyes, and she was desperate. She wanted to speak but couldn’t, and that was the last time I saw her before the ambulance took her away.
‘It was traumatizing. I saw Juan in a pool of blood; he looked dead, and then I ran to my mom and held her,’ she told The Los Angeles Times on Monday.
She added that her mother was a single mother for years before meeting Juan.
Her claims have since been removed from the outlet’s website and police will not comment on them.
The family is now raising money for funeral expenses on a GoFundMe account.