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Covina Halloween Party Turns Deadly, With Two Killed and Two Hospitalized

According to sheriff's deputies there were about 70 people at the party when a fight broke out between two groups.

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Two people were killed and two others injured in a Halloween party in Covina early Sunday morning. 

The two who were killed were related, an uncle and his nephew.

The nephew was identified as 20-year-old Ronnie Benetiz, and detectives say he lived at the home where the shooting occurred.

Friends and family gathered and grieved at home on the 17000 block of Bellbrook Street in Covina. 

The home was the scene of a deadly shooting that happened around 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning during a Halloween party.

Sheriff's officials say two people were killed, and two others hospitalized after being injured by the gunfire.

 “I had called my friend and she was like I heard seven or eight gunshots that a fight broke out and someone got shot in the neck and I couldn’t believe it,” Justin Reyes, who attended the party, said. 

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Reyes says he and his brother left the party minutes before the gunfire.

“It's just really crazy because it could have been me you know,” Reyes said. 

According to sheriff's deputies there were about 70 people at the party when a fight broke out between two groups.

Physical altercation between two groups of people the argument spilled out to the driveway where at least one gunman used a gun to fire at the victims

 A 20-year-old man was killed at the scene, that man’s uncle was also shot and taken to the hospital where he passed away.

Two other men with gunshot wounds were transported and are expected to recover.

“It breaks my heart that two people died. That's so sad and they just wanted to have a good time on Halloween. That's terrible. I think it's truly sad,” Mandy Rodriguez, who picked up a friend from the party, said. 

The deadly shooting has rattled neighbors, officials say the gunman hasn’t been caught and they are asking for witnesses to come forward.

“I don’t even want to go out for halloween it's just scary, gets worse and worse every year. it's just bad. Bad,” Judy Lopez, a neighbor, said. 

Officials say it is not clear if the gunman was invited to the party, but there were many witnesses and they have a good idea who the shooter is.

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