Husband and wife shot dead in row over parking space

California couple got into argument with two men in another vehicle amid a lack of parking options.

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Juan Guizar-Gutierrez and Maricela Honorato
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Cops in California are continuing to hunt for two men who shot dead a husband and wife in a row over parking.

The married couple were fatally shot in the town of Long Beach over what their family believes was a dispute over a parking space.

Juan Guizar-Gutierrez, 39, and Maricela Honorato, 44, were killed in a shooting on Saturday near the historic Bembridge House in Long Beach, according to a news release from the city’s police department.

Police arrived on the scene around 7:50 p.m. following a report about a fight in the area. When they got there, cops found Guizar-Gutierrez on the sidewalk suffering from several gunshot wounds, while Honorato was on the street with a single gunshot wound to her upper body.

Despite officers performing life-saving measures on the couple, Guizar-Gutierrez was pronounced dead at the scene, according to authorities. Honorato was transported to a local hospital, where she also died. Family members told FOX11 Los Angeles that Guizar-Gutierrez was trying to park his car when two men in another car drove up behind him and started yelling and honking. Guizar-Gutierrez reportedly exchanged words with the men before one of them pulled out a gun.

One of Hororato’s three daughters, Marie Honorato, told the station that she was nearby and heard gunfire. She said that her mother “was still half alive” when she arrived on the scene.

“I tried my best telling her to hold on and that I loved her,” she said.

Marie’s sister, Tania Honorato, added, “It’s so unfair how two lives are taken over an argument. Over a parking spot.”

However, Brandon Fahey, a spokesperson for the Long Beach Department, warned that it is still not 100% certain that the incident was connected to a lack of parking options.

“It is unknown if the shooting is connected with a parking-related incident,” Fahey said.

As of Wednesday, an investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made.

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