Man Found Dead In Wrecked Car In South El Monte

SOUTH EL MONTE (CNS/FOX 11) - Two guns and a dead man were found inside a wrecked car on a freeway east of Los Angeles, and detectives are investigating if a gunshot victim who turned up at an emergency room may be related to a murder.

A 20-year-old man was found dead at about 9:35 p.m. Friday in an overturned black 2006 Mitsubishi Galant, near a ramp from northbound Rosemead Boulevard to the eastbound Pomona (60) Freeway in South El Monte, California Highway Patrol officers said.

The car had hit a curb, crossed another ramp and then rolled, officers discovered. The driver had run away, leaving his dead passenger in the wreck.

That was several miles north of Pico Rivera, where shots may have been fired at that sedan about five minutes earlier. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Sergio Escobar said bullets may have hit the sedan on Rosemead Boulevard near Beverly Boulevard at 9:30 p.m.

"When homicide detectives arrived (at the scene), they learned Pico Rivera station deputies had responded to a local hospital in regards to a gunshot victim,' said Deputy Sara Rodriguez of the Sheriff's Information Bureau.

"While they were at the hospital investigating deputies received a traffic collision call of a rolled over vehicle with a man found dead inside.'

Two firearms were found inside the vehicle, Rodriguez said.

The deputy said detectives were investigating reports that the occupants in the vehicle that rolled over may have been involved in some type of fight with the gunshot victim from the hospital.