Los Angeles Times and Associated Press reports
LONG BEACH, Calif. The grim story of the calm, bald gunman who
killed a checker and a little girl at a supermarket grew more bizarre
yesterday when police revealed a startling discovery: The remains of two
people found in the man's condo a block from the store had been there more
than a year.
The bodies of the unidentified pair so decomposed that gender
identification was daunting were lying on a bed in a bedroom where
window overlooks the Top Valu Market where gunfire erupted Thursday.
Antonio Pineiro, 48, had no criminal record when he walked into the store
and opened fire, spraying dozens of bullets. People were running from the
store when police arrived and confronted Pineiro near the checkout
The gunman fired at least one shot at police and was hit by return fire,
Long Beach police Lt. Bill Blair said. All told, more than 40 shots were
exchanged, he said.
Conrado Ibasco, 45, dragged his wife to safety in a store aisle after
8-year-old daughter, Barbara, was shot in the head as she stood in line
"I said to my wife, 'Just leave Barbara. She's going to be fine,' but
knew she was dead," he said.
Store clerk Marcela Perez, 38, also was killed.
Ibasco, his wife and two others were treated for gunshot wounds.
Pineiro owned the small, two-bedroom unit where police and residents
his Cuban parents lived. Neither has been seen by neighbors for more than
"I asked him where they were," said neighbor Paul Cook, who recalled
Pineiro regularly carrying large laundry detergent boxes to the unit,
sometimes three at a time. "He said they'd moved."
It was unclear if the couple were Pineiro's parents, or if they had died
of natural causes or had been killed. Neighbors described his mother as
Police knew little about the gunman, characterized by neighbors as a
portly and "slow-moving" oddball with no apparent job or interests
cordial as he passed in the hallways, often laden with groceries, but
lacking the warmth of his parents, Maria and Antonio Sr.
None of the residents in the 1950s-era building smelled or noticed
anything unsavory about Pineiro's unit 15.
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"Were the bodies moved? Was someone managing the smell of the apartment?"
Long Beach police spokesman Dave Marander asked rhetorically. "We may never
know what the real story is here."