CA business owner shot during robbery, returns fire, kills 2 suspects

Montebello robbery

During the initial investigation, which lasted into the morning daylight hours, several streets were blocked off close to where the robbery occurred. (Photo: CBS Los Angeles)

An attempted robbery of a Montebello, California, business owner early Saturday morning resulted in a shootout that left the intended target wounded and the two suspects dead.

The robbery occurred just after midnight outside of the man’s business, which was already closed for the night. According to Lt. Andy Vuncanon with the Montebello Police Department, the two suspects, who were both armed with handguns, approached the victim on the street and announced a robbery.

A local CBS affiliate reported that despite the fact the suspects collected the man’s watch and wallet, at some point, for an unknown reason, one of the suspects still fired several shots at the victim, striking him a single time in the stomach.

However, unbeknown to the suspects, the victim was also armed with a handgun and was able to return fire. Both suspects were shot and attempted to flee the scene, but did not get far.

Officers responded to reports of a robbery and shots fired, and when they arrived, they found one suspect about a block from where the robbery occurred and the second suspect a short distance away. Both suspects were pronounced dead on the scene and were later identified by the county coroner as Kevin Fierro, 23, of Los Angeles, and Roger Soriano, 21, whose residence is unknown.

The victim, whose name was not released due to safety concerns, was transported to the hospital for treatment of the gunshot wound he sustained during the robbery. His condition was not immediately know, but Vuncanon said he believed the man’s injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Police recovered two handguns from the scene, presumably belonging to the suspects. They also recovered the victim’s wallet and watch which were taken during the robbery.

The investigation is ongoing.

Read More On:

Latest Reviews

  • Tuck & Carry: CCW in a Skirt

    Aimed at those who want the comfort and convenience of a skirt but with the protection of a holstered gun, the Tuck & Carry occupies what I term apparel holsters -- that is clothing/holster duos.

    Read More
  • The Marlin Dark in .45-70 is Stealthy and Modern

    Flash forward the lever gun of Western lore to the 2020s, where Marlin has taken that classic design and given it a modern upgrade. Meet the Marlin Dark.

    Read More
  • Gear Review: Sig Sauer Tango 6T 1-6

    Sig Sauer has long been a big name in the firearms industry, so it came as no surprise several years ago when Sig filled out its repertoire with its own optics line. Today, we’re looking at the Tango 6T, a 1-6 low power variable optic.

    Read More
  • First Look: Hornady 6mm ARC

    Hornady brought another impressive project to the shooting public in 2020 with the introduction of the 6mm Advanced Rifle Cartridge.

    Read More