BALDWIN PARK — A 20-year-old Baldwin Park man died last week after being shot in the head while sitting in the driver’s seat of a car, officials said Wednesday.
Guillermo Reyes, 20, of Baldwin Park, died at a hospital several hours after the 10 p.m. shooting June 25 on Center Avenue, just south of Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Fred Corral said.
Reyes was found sitting in the driver’s seat of a car with a gunshot wound to his left temple, officials said. His seat belt was still fastened.
The badly wounded man was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1:55 a.m. June 26, Corral said.
Baldwin Park police Lt. David Reynoso declined to comment on the shooting, deferring all questions to the Los Angeles County Headquarter’s Bureau, as sheriff’s homicide detectives were assisting Baldwin Park police in the investigation.
The headquarter’s bureau, which is responsible for disseminating public information regarding homicide investigations, had not been informed of the fatal shooting Thursday.
The omission contradicts the sheriff’s department’s policy to promptly notify the media whenever homicide detectives are called to investigate a death, Lt. Margarito Robles. The lack of information appeared to be an error, he said, though a reason was not available.
Officials at the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau confirmed that detectives were looking into the shooting, however the handling detectives could not be reached for comment.