Police hunt for double homicide suspects

DOWNEY - Two people were stabbed and shot to death after an altercation at George's Bar spilled onto Florence Avenue early Sunday morning. The victims were identified in news reports as Isaac Perez, 31, and Raymond Contreras, 34.

Officers were dispatched to George's Bar, located at 7857 Florence Ave., after receiving reports of a stabbing at about 2 a.m., said Lt. Mark McDaniel of the Downey Police Department.

The fight started in the parking lot but spilled onto the street, where one of the suspects pulled a handgun and shot both victims. Paramedics transported the victims to a hospital where they were declared dead.

The suspects, who were described only as males, fled westbound on Florence Avenue.

A witness eating at Tacos Mexico told ABC-7 she heard three gunshots.

"The next thing you know some of the guys inside said, 'Something's going down outside.' We heard three gunshots, and by that time everybody in the restaurant was on the floor," the witness, identified only as Betty, told the news station.

Anyone with additional information about the shooting is asked to call Det. Lorraine Medina at (562) 904-2329. Tips can be provided anonymously by calling (800) 222-TIPS or online at lacrimestoppers.org.

********** Published: March 21, 2013 - Volume 11 - Issue 49