RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — A man was arrested early Wednesday after his sister reported he shot someone, leading police to a car in Riverside where two women were found dead.
Police say a woman had called police just after midnight to report her brother had shot someone. When officers responded to the scene in the area of Cypress and Alhambra avenues, they found the two women shot to death in a light blue Volkswagen Passat, the caller, and her brother.
Daniel Garcia, 23, of Riverside, who police say had a gun on him, was immediately taken into custody. He was booked on two counts of murder.
"This isn't something we come across too often where you have the person still here when police are called regarding a shooting or a murder," Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback said.
The two dead women were in their 20s. Family identified one of the women as Miranda Duran. Family said she owned the vehicle and did not return home last night.
Late Wednesday, friends and family of the two women gathered where they were found slain. Friends identified the other victim to KCAL9's Tina Patel as Gabby Perez.
"Honestly, I'm really shocked," said Emma Valdez, Perez's sister, "I still think I'm going to get a message and it's going to be I'm still here."
"I'm angry, I'm very angry," sad Lina Munoz, a friend of Miranda's. "How can you just take somebody from our life?"
CBS2's Randy Paige spoke to Joaquin Sepulveda who lives across the street from where the bodies were found. He says he noticed the car when it first turned down his street.
"They came slow around the corner, and that's when they parked on that side, the left side of the street and that doesn't happen usually," Sepulveda said.
"I came back out again and the lights were off but the dome light is on, so I was like, they're probably smoking cigarettes because sometimes we get that around here," he said.
Police believe Garcia knew at least one of the women but still did not offer a motive.
Family and friends of the two slain women believe jealousy might have been a factor.
Perez was only 20, about to move out of California to start a new chapter in her life.
Duran was the mother of two, the youngest just a few months old.
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