LOS ANGELES — A 21-year-old Army veteran was shot to death Sunday only months after his return from Afghanistan, police said.
Francisco Garcia had left a party at his girlfriend’s house and was on a sidewalk in the San Fernando Valley about 2 a.m. Sunday when two cars pulled up. A man got out of one vehicle, smashed a beer bottle on the ground and yelled at Garcia before going back to the second car to grab a gun, police said.
Garcia died at the scene. No one else was injured.
Los Angeles police Lt. Paul Vernon told reporters that “the ironies are obvious. To survive as a soldier in an overseas conflict, only to be killed in your neighborhood upon your return.”
Los Angeles police detective Juan Santa said Garcia is believed to have returned from Afghanistan this summer.