Investigation continues in El Monte graduation party shooting

EL MONTE — More details emerged Thursday about a shooting at a graduation party that left a 20-year-old man dead.
The shooting was reported about 1 a.m. at the a house a the corner of Fairview Street Elrovia Avenue, officials said.
Lt. Dan Coleman of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said he estimated there were several dozen partygoers at the home prior to the shooting.
Three to four suspects described only as male Latinos tried to get into the party but were not allowed in, Coleman said.
Exactly what happened next remained under investigation Thursday, he said, and one or more of the suspects opened fire with two or three shots. It was not clear if there was a fight, and it was unknown if the dead man was targeted in the shooting.
“At this point in the investigation, we don’t know if he was the specific target or was struck by an errant bullet,” Coleman said.
Both the shooter or shooters and the dead man were believed to be out in front of the home when the shooting occurred, officials said.
The dead man did not live at the home, and his connection the the party remained under investigation, the lieutenant said.
The shooting did not appear to be gang-related, he added. “I think it was just related to the party.”
“It’s unfortunate,” Coleman said. “Another party that ends up tragic.”

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  • anonymous

    what about the rest of the story…alcohl being served and a charge to get into the party?????????????????????

  • EL MONTE

    R.I.P SONNY u will always be from that “KSU CREW”.
    we love nd miss u foo.

    Every Memory Forever,
    R.I.P SONNY LOC 6-18-09

  • anonymous

    what school was the graduation party for because it was not an el monte high school graduation party
    was it another school within the district

  • MiSSinG yOU

    sonnie we miss you rest in peace gONe
    bUT nEvER fOrGOttEn
    <33i loVe yOU SoNNie
    and anonymous
    that has nothing to do with the shooting….

  • Anonymous

    it was arroyo high school.