SOUTH WHITTIER — Two young Whittier men, including one who was an Explorer Scout at the sheriff’s Norwalk Station, died in a shooting early Sunday, officials said.
Cesar Rodriguez, a 19-year-old Explorer Scout from Whittier, and Larry Villegas, 24, of Whittier, were pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting, Los Angeles County Coroner’s Investigator Jerry McKibben said,
The shooting was reported about 3:10 a.m. in the 11800 block of Painter Avenue, sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
“Detectives have learned that both victims were standing in front of the residence when a gray ‘Scion’ vehicle drove in front of them,” Deputy Bill Brauberger said. “The driver of the vehicle pointed a handgun at the victims and fired multiple times.”
The Scion, which contained three or four Latino male occupants, was last seen driving north on Painter Avenue, investigators said. A motive in the shooting was not released.
The Explorer program allows young men and women interested in law enforcement a chance to learn from and volunteer alongside law enforcement professionals.
Detectives asked the public’s help, and asked anyone with information to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.