Man, 33, charged with murder of two brothers at Los Angeles fairgrounds

A 33-year-old man has been charged with two counts of murder for shooting two brothers near the Los Angeles Fairgrounds as they sat in their vehicle earlier this month, authorities said Monday.

The June 1 incident was reported around 2 p.m. in the area of ​​1100 Browning Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Sergio Rio, 33, and his brother Ricardo Rios, 19, were sitting in their car in a residential neighborhood near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the USC campus.

Police said the men may have been involved in an argument with the suspect. That’s when the shooter, identified as Marcos Navarro, allegedly drove away and returned moments later to shoot the victims inside the car.

Sergio was pronounced dead at the scene. Ricardo was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Ricardo Rios, 19, and his brother Sergio Rios, 33, seen in this unified family photo. (viewer photo)

So far, authorities have not provided a motive for the deadly shooting.

“We express our sincere sympathy to the relatives of the brothers who lost two members of their family to senseless armed violence,” said Prosecutor Gascón. “These tragic deaths underscore the urgency of keeping guns out of the hands of the wrong people. Our office is dedicated to seeking justice for victims and their loved ones.

In addition to the murder charges, Navarro, who was arrested a day after the shooting, faces an enhancement alleging he personally used a gun during the crime.

He is being held on $5 million bail and is due in court July 3.

If convicted as charged, Navarro faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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