A Southern California woman and her 4-year-old daughter were shot and killed late Saturday as they came home from grocery shopping. Long Beach police said Sunday that officers responded to a report of a shooting at around 10 p.m.
The woman, identified as 26-year-old Carina Mancera, was pronounced dead at the scene and the girl, identified as 4-year-old Jannebel Anaya, was wounded and transported to a hospital where she later died, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
Police said they have no information on the possible shooter or shooters and a motive was unclear. The husband and father of the victims, Luis Anaya, 27, said he had just parked the car after returning from the store.
He said his wife and daughter had just crossed the street when he heard the gunfire. “I ran over and tried to save them, but it was too late,” he told the paper. “I couldn’t.” Anaya said he saw the man run down the street and the assailant fired shots at him but they missed. He said he didn’t know the man and wouldn’t know what a possible motive would be.
“I don’t know why he did it, why he came after my family,” he added. “I don’t have any problems with anybody.”
Family and friends lined the street where the shooting occurred. Flowers decorated the sidewalk as well.
“Our family is heartbroken with this tragic event, and we hope that you can help us give these two beautiful souls a graceful resting place,” the family said.