Victim's Daughter Located, Search Continues for Man Wanted in Corona Shooting

Authorities said Thursday that the victim's daughter has been located after issuing an alert Wednesday

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    A woman sought after the shooting death of her mother contacted police as the search continues for the suspected gunman. Reggie Kumar reports for the NBC4 News at Noon Thursday April 11, 2013. (Published Thursday, Apr 11, 2013)

    Authorities are searching for a man in connection with the fatal shooting of a 55-year-old grandmother in Corona.

    Katherine Aguirre was shot and killed shortly after noon Wednesday, according to Corona police officials. The shooting happened at the victim's home in the 700 block of South Merrill Street, where Aguirre was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

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    Katherine Aguirre, 55, was shot and killed in her Corona home Wednesday. Authorities believe Carlos Quezada was looking for the victim's daughter Crystal Lopez, who family members said recently broke up with the 28-year-old Quezada. Tony Shin reports from Corona for the NBC4 News at 5 and 6 p.m. on April 10, 2013. (Published Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013)

    She died at the hospital.

    Investigators said Wednesday that Aguirre's daughter -- Crystal Gene Lopez, pictured below with her mother -- might be in danger, announced Thursday morning that she had bee found "and is safe." They searched for Lopez after she did not answer her cell phone for hours, police said in an alert issued Wednesday afternoon.

    Lopez "voluntarily" contacted authorities, police said.

    "I believe he was actively seeking her out," said Corona police Lt. Alan Lorton. "We have no evidence to believe that he wasn't and some evidence to believe that he was looking for her."

    The mother of four young sons missed an appointment earlier in the day. During the 5 o'clock hour, Lopez posted on Facebook that she is "fine" and "running from that psycho," family members told NBC4.

    Police were unable to confirm by Wednesday night whether Lopez personally sent the messages, but are investigating their source.

    Carlos Martin Quezada, 28, of Corona, is wanted in connection with the slaying and is believed to be armed and dangerous, police said. Investigators believe Lopez may have broken up with Quezada. He is not the father of Lopez's four sons, police said.

    Police are warning anyone who sees the suspect to call 911. He is believed to be driving a blue/gray 1982 Chevy pickup truck with California license plate 2B29305.

    NBC4's Tony Shin contributed to this report.

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