A 21-year-old father of two was returning from a visit to his brother's grave, a family member said, when he was shot to death in a possible gang related shooting near two schools in Pomona, California, on Thursday.
Joe Morales was killed in the shooting that occurred at South Park and Lexington avenues at 2:45 p.m., officials said. It happened outside of Garey High and Lexington Elementary schools, both of which were briefly locked down as a precaution. No students were hurt.
Diana Claustro showed up to the crime scene Thursday night after learning her uncle had been shot.
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"He was coming from seeing his brother at the cemetery," she said. "He went to go buy him flowers. He was coming home already. He was gonna go home already."
A second vehicle was also involved and was abandoned down the street.
Police used a drone to investigate the crime scenes, spread over several blocks. They believe the driver of a stolen BMW SUV was wounded and may be responsible for a carjacking near a hospital in Montclair.
Witnesses were angry that a shooting happened so close to school.
"My main thought was how close it was time to getting out of school," said Dora Riley. "And there could have been a lot more kids getting out and got hit."
Tony Shin contributed to this report.