A teenager bumping into a man at a Norwalk convenience store turned into a fight and a shooting that left the man dead and a bystander injured last weekend, according to an investigator.
Now a 16-year-old Palm Springs girl and 20-year-old Nakia Smith of Los Angeles, who detectives believe is her boyfriend, face charges of murder in Los Angeles County.
Lt. Joe Mendoza of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau expected the pair will be transferred to Los Angeles County on Wednesday from Riverside County. Authorities tracked down and arrested Smith and the girl at a Palm Springs home Monday.
Smith is suspected of shooting 42-year-old Geronimo Gutierrez in the head on Nov. 4 while at the Arco am/pm store, 10602 Imperial Highway. Coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter said Gutierrez died Nov. 5 at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood.
Norwalk station Lt. Tracy Stewart said a woman who wasn’t involved in the fight was shot in the abdomen.
The dispute apparently started when the 16-year-old girl bumped into Gutierrez while inside the convenience store, according to Mendoza. He said the two argued followed by a physical fight between Gutierrez and Smith.
“The male suspect retrieved a handgun and shot the victim and a bystander,” Mendoza alleged.
The two suspects drove off.
Mendoza did not say how the suspects were later identified and who owns the Palm Springs house where deputies found the duo.
Investigators recovered the gun used along with other evidence. However, Mendoza declined to say where detectives found the weapon because they are still looking for witnesses.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.