Two Brothers Killed at Ruben Salazar Park

By City News Service

Two brothers were fatally shot during a shooting on Sunday morning at the Ruben Salazar Park in East Los Angeles, according to the sheriff’s department.

Deputies responded to a “shots fired” call at the park at about 11:10am, according to authorities. Witnesses directed the deputies to the basketball courts where two men were lying on the ground with gunshot wounds to their chests.

On Monday, authorities released the name of one of two brothers; Antonio Aguilar, 33, of Palmdale died at the scene of the shooting, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.

Brothers Antonio Aguilar (left) and Juan (aka Johnny) Aguilar were killed on Sunday morning. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

Brothers Antonio Aguilar (left) and Juan (aka Johnny) Aguilar were killed on Sunday morning. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

The other man, in his 20s, died at a hospital, Winter said. His name was withheld, pending completion of family notification. But the brothers’ sister gave his name as 28-year-old Juan Aguilar, and said he was known as Johnny.

She told reporters that both of her brothers were fathers of children under the age of 5.

Witnesses told deputies that three people were involved in the shooting: a “heavyset male Hispanic, a heavyset female Hispanic and a male Hispanic juvenile,” sheriff’s Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez said.

According to those witnesses, the suspects approached the victims and began a conversation. The man then pulled out a handgun and fired a number of times, Navarro-Suarez said, and the three suspects then ran east toward Ditman Avenue.

A motive for the shooting was unclear, and it was also unknown if the shooting was gang-related, according to Navarro-Suarez.

Anyone with information on the crime was asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

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