Detectives search for gunman in fatal shooting

first_imgWHITTIER- Accompanied by his younger brother, Salvador Escalante picked up his girlfriend Nov. 26 then decided to visit a cousin and wish him happy birthday. As the four talked, a car drove past, then stopped a short distance away. A man got out, yelled a profanity and something unintelligible then started shooting at the group. Escalante and his cousin, both 20, were hit. While his cousin suffered a non-life-threatening injury, Escalante died at the scene. The fatal shooting of the Pomona man on Orange Drive and Redman Avenue remains a mystery. “We thought it would just drop someone off. We just glanced at it and started talking,” he said. A man in a dark-hooded sweat shirt got out of the compact car and walked up to Escalante and the three others, according to police. The man said something to the group then started shooting. Frank Escalante said they all started running. His brother’s girlfriend sought refuge between a Cadillac and a Honda Civic. The cousin ran toward his house. “My brother grabbed my jersey. I threw myself to the floor and I crawled to the front of the Cadillac. He was crawling too. He got back up, I don’t know why. That’s when he maybe got hit,” he said. Salvador Escalante fell on his back with his arms extended. Frank Escalante said he tried to help his older brother who told him “no” and waved him down. “So I thought nothing happened to him. I threw myself flat on my stomach,” he said, adding that he waited for the shooting to stop. When he got up and told his brother they should go, he was met with silence. Salvador Escalante was still conscious but he said nothing. The gunman took off in the car. A man in a white sport utility vehicle stopped and told Frank Escalante not to worry. He prayed for Salvador Escalante. Some residents also prayed for the wounded man as he lay on the street and brought blankets for him. They gave water and offered a chair to his distraught girlfriend. Coroner’s spokesman Capt. Ed Winter said Salvador Escalante died of multiple gunshot wounds. Salvador Escalante was the oldest in a family of four boys. He completed a course at the Universal Technical Institute in Rancho Cucamonga and was going to be an automotive technician, according to his brother, Frank, who is a student at Cal Poly Pomona. The two got an apartment in Pomona in September. Frank Escalante said their mother’s house is in Lakewood but he and his brother frequented nearby Hawaiian Gardens. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Whittier police at (562) 945-8250. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonWhittier police spokeswoman Diana Salazar said Wednesday there is no update on the case and the motive is still unknown. The shooting occurred at 9:30 p.m. Nov. 26 as Escalante stood at the corner with his brother, Frank, his girlfriend and his cousin. Frank Escalante, 18, said they had been in the area about 15 minutes when the incident happened. “(We were) talking and laughing. That’s when a car drove by,” he said, adding that it wasn’t speeding or moving slowly. The vehicle stopped in the middle of the street. last_img

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