Bump leads to fatal shooting at Norwalk gas station

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NORWALK – A 42-year-old man was shot and killed following a physical altercation at an Arco convenience store in Norwalk last Saturday. 

Authorities say the incident began when the victim, Geronimo Gutierrez, bumped into a 16-year-old Palm Springs girl inside the store, located at 10602 Imperial Hwy. 

The bump led to a fist fight between Gutierrez and the girl’s friend, 20-year-old Nakia Smith, of Los Angeles.

During the fight, Smith produced a handgun and shot Gutierrez in the head, authorities said. An innocent bystander was  struck in the abdomen. 

Gutierrez died but the bystander survived. 

Authorities arrested Smith and the 16-year-old girl in Palm Springs. They also found the suspected murder weapon, authorities said. 

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

Eric Pierce