South Los Angeles A fast-food employee was shot and killed in South Los Angeles while on the job.
The incident was revealed just before 11 p.m. Saturday at Taco Bell in Avalon and Century Boulevards, when an employee of a suspect who tried to buy food from the car refused to use counterfeit currency.
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When this person was refused to serve, the suspect opened fire on the staff in the restaurant several times, killing one of them. Another worker may have been injured.
The victim who died, Alejandro Garcia, was 41 years old. He was reportedly working with his 19-year-old son at the time, on his traditional Saturday extra shift, something he did weekly so he could support his family more. It was the son who denied the counterfeit money at first.
Onlookers could see Garcia’s son outside the restaurant where the initial investigation was underway – visibly dazed, and rightly so.
“It’s very hard for him. I can’t imagine seeing your father being murdered in front of your eyes, and you are standing there and you can do nothing about it,” Karina Garcia, the victim’s cousin, said. She continued, noting that Alejandro was a loving, hardworking, and a very generous man.
“One bullet went straight into his father. He was on the other side. Right in his heart, he died instantly,” Garcia told CBS Sunday night, “He knew he was dead as soon as he got there and tried to save him and touch him, and he was gone.”
The suspect drove away in an unidentified vehicle, and authorities are currently seeking additional information.
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Residents of the surrounding area can hear the shots and, after learning what happened, are upset. Brianna Leonard and Quinetta Adams, who live in the neighborhood, have expressed concerns about safety. “I can’t believe it, it’s scary,” Adams told CBS reporters. She described how her children were asleep at the time, but the noise woke the whole family. “It is heartbreaking. It is so sad, I can’t believe it happened. I pray to the family of that person who lost his life.”
“It’s not safe anywhere, nothing more,” Leonard continued. “That’s somebody’s kid. The food’s over…Oh my gosh. I just don’t know,” she said, “There’s no point in killing somebody on a fake $100 bill.”
“I hope they find whoever did it; whoever got shot didn’t deserve it,” said Leonard, “They didn’t deserve it. I am so sorry. I’m sorry for the family. “
As the investigation continues, investigators are working on limited information. However, the security cameras at the Taco Bell site should provide some footage, at least of the vehicle in question.
Taco Bell issued a statement in response to the incident Sunday afternoon:
“We are shocked and saddened to hear what happened. Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the team member at this difficult time. We understand that the owner and operator of this website is working with local authorities on their investigation and may reach out directly to the affected family to provide support.”
Los Angeles Police Department authorities urge anyone with information to contact them immediately.
In the wake of this tragedy, both the detectives and Garcia’s family are left searching for answers. Garcia’s cousin continued, “His son is so distraught right now, I can’t believe people don’t have any heart… to do such a thing. He was just a good person.”
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Garcia left behind his 19-year-old son, 16-year-old son, and 3-year-old daughter.