Costa Mesa shooting: 30-year-old man fatally shot, possibly sparked by road rage, authorities say

COSTA MESA, Calif. (KABC) — Surveillance video captured a Thanksgiving shooting in Costa Mesa that killed one person and injured four others, and police say road rage could be to blame for the incident.

One of the survivors of the shooting is now sharing details from that night.

Jaime Nieto had bruises on his chest and arm where the bullet grazed his body. He says they were out with a group of cousins ​​and friends for a late lunch on Thursday.

They’re all from the same region of Mexico and don’t have much family in Southern California, so they decided to have Thanksgiving dinner together. Nieto says a nightmare unfolded when he was dropped off in Costa Mesa just before 7 p.m

Surveillance video of the incident, now being reviewed by detectives, shows the victims stopping in a silver truck to drop off Nieto. A suspect in a black truck pulled up next to them and at least eight shots were fired.

According to the police, a total of five men were shot. One of them remains in critical condition, but Lucas Rivera, 30, did not survive.

Nieto remembers pulling his friend out of the truck. In Spanish, he told Eyewitness News that Rivera stopped speaking and was vomiting blood.

Rivera leaves behind devastated parents in Mexico and siblings. A GoFundMe Account was formed to cover funeral expenses. We are told that his family is in the process of bringing his body back to Mexico.

Nieto says he is mourning and now fears for his safety. He’s only been in the US for five months and, like his friend, works as a landscape gardener to send money home to their families.

He said they weren’t here to harm anyone and didn’t know why he and his friends were going through this pain.

The suspected shooter, 41-year-old Walker Lee of Santa Ana, turned himself in to police on Friday.

Authorities said it could all have stemmed from a minor traffic accident that preceded the shooting, but no additional details were given.

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Laura Coffey

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