Reporting Derek Shore
CITRUS HEIGHTS (CBS13) – Two people were killed inside of a Citrus Heights vehicle overnight.
At around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, police received multiple reports of shots fired in the 6000 block of Birdcage Street near Farmgate Way. When officers arrived, they found a man and a woman dead from multiple gunshot wounds inside a vehicle.
Family members placed balloons and flowers in the spot where their loved ones were gunned down.
“It’s like a dream, you know? It’s like a nightmare,” said Francisco Quinteros.
Francisco is the nephew of one of the victims — identified as Gladys Quinteros. She and her boyfriend Enrique Tobias were shot multiple times and found on the side of Gladys’ car.
“He was working in the restaurant; and, my aunt, she went to pick him up and that’s it,” said Francisco.
Francisco says he has no idea why they were killed. He insists neither was involved in crime. Enrique was an employee at a nearby restaurant. Francisco says investigators believe this may be a case of mistaken gang affiliation.
“It might be a misunderstanding because they were hanging out here after work, and they were wearing blue,” said Francisco.
Tom Summers lives in the apartment complex just next to the crime scene, and says he ran out immediately after nearly 15 shots were fired.
“I checked the woman’s neck for a pulse and there was nothing,” he said.
Summers said the two victims were left lying on top of each other.
“It was hopeless because there were so many gunshots,” he said. “Nobody deserves what this couple got.”
Residents say the only good news is that no one else was struck.
Witnesses reported seeing a light-colored sedan speeding away from the area. They also saw a newer, white pickup truck drive away from the area around the same time.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story reported the victims’ bodies were found inside of a home.