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Reyna Gomez of Whittier, California was sentenced in October 2018 for one murder, 14 attempted murders, kidnapping, and car-jacking. Twenty-seven-year-old Reyna and her boyfriend, Alajandro Lazo, carjacked a man in Pico Rivera and rode around for hours shooting at people and cars on the streets around them. Both are known gang members with lengthy arrest records.
The violence began about 1 p.m. on a Saturday in the 10000 block of Carmenita Road in South Whittier. A man was wounded in the leg in a drive-by shooting. The attackers, later identified as Lazo and Gomez, were in a white Kia Rio when they carried out the Carmenita Road shooting.
The suspects turned up again about 2:15 p.m. in the 11100 block of Rosehedge Drive in Pico Rivera, where they carjacked a man at gunpoint and fled in his green Nissan Pathfinder SUV. The victim was unhurt.
Just over an hour later, another shooting linked to the couple was reported behind a Starbucks coffee shop at Whittier Boulevard and Colima Road. Gomez is accused of shooting a man in the groin as he walked down the street. The victim, a man in his 50s, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The suspects then headed down Colima Road in the carjacked Pathfinder and opened fire at two motorists who were stopped at a traffic light near Lambert Road. No one was injured in the car-to-car attacks.
The shooters continued south to Imperial Highway and La Mirada Boulevard, where they shot a man in the arm as he was sitting in a car about 4 p.m.
“Norwalk Sheriff’s Station deputies responded to the La Mirada shooting but quickly learned another shooting occurred just south of them, at the intersection of Santa Gertrudes Avenue and Alicante Road.
“The fourth victim, Jose Ricardo Sahagun, a 44-year-old father of two little boys, was struck multiple times with gunfire as he sat in his car, waiting at a traffic light. Other victims in nearby vehicles were also fired upon indiscriminately, but Jose was the only person injured and he was pronounced dead at the scene,” Police said.
Sahagun succumbed to his injuries at a hospital. The search for the killers continued for more than two hours before deputies found the carjacked Pathfinder abandoned at Amelia Mayberry Park in South Whittier shortly after 6 p.m. “It was there the suspects unloaded the vehicle they used as a mobile gun turret,” said authorities.
But gunfire erupted again about 8 p.m., this time outside a motel in the 15000 block of Carmenita Road, authorities said. This time, it was the suspects who had been wounded in a shooting.
“Both suspects were shot in the torso and when they realized the gravity of their injuries, they flagged down a concerned citizen and asked her to dial 911 for them,” said police spokespersons.
Lazo and Gomez were found sitting in the white Rio believed to have been used in the first shooting, officials said. A gun was recovered from the car and has since been linked to the numerous nearby crime scenes.
The circumstances of Lazo and Gomez’s shooting remained under investigation by the Whittier Police Department. No suspect description was available.
Detectives described both Lazo and Gomez as gang members but declined to name the gang they belong to.
Both were released from jail late 2017 after serving time for prior convictions, officials said.
Los Angeles County court records show Lazo pleaded guilty to extortion and assault with a deadly weapon on Feb. 23, 2016. On the same date, he was also convicted of possession of methamphetamine in a separate case. He pleaded no contest to petty theft on Dec. 26, 2014.
Gomez pleaded no contest to possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia on July 6, 2015. She also pleaded no contest to possession of methamphetamine on July 9, 2015, and to possession of methamphetamine for sale on Jan. 8, 2014.
Gomez was convicted of assault likely to produce great bodily injury and possession of marijuana for sale on June 11, 2012. She pleaded no contest to four counts of vandalism on Sept. 23, 2010, and one count of vandalism on Jan. 31, 2011. She was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon on Oct. 20, 2009.
They were both no strangers to trouble and violence. Both gang members now gangbanging from the inside.
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