A Superior Court jury today found a 19-year-old man guilty of second degree murder in last year’s fatal shooting of pizza deliveryman and restaurant worker Juan David Vasquez Loma, reports CBS2. Jose Beltran was found guilty of shooting Vasquez Loma on Silver Lake Boulevard in what police describe as an apparent case of road rage. Vasquez Loma, who worked as a busboy and waiter at El Chavo restaurant in addition to holding a second job at nearby Garage Pizza, died a week after the August 2011 shooting. The Mexico City native was dropping off co-workers when he fired upon while driving on Silver Lake Boulevard.
The deadly incident began when Loma, 25-year-old Mexican immigrant, passed Beltran’s as his car had come to a stop Micheltorena and Effie streets in Silver Lake. Police last year said they believed that maneuver angered Beltran, who pursued Loma’s truck down the hill to Silver Lake Boulevard, where the driver of the car pulled up alongside Loma’s truck and opened fire.
While the jury today found Beltran guilty of second-degree murder he was found innocent of acting on behalf of a criminal gang, CBS2 said. Beltran is scheduled to be sentenced in November.