A chilling video shows the last moments of a 24-year-old middle school teacher in California before she was gunned down in her car by a man police now believe to be a serial killer responsible for six deaths.
Nancy Magaña was sitting in the car in San Bernardino with her boyfriend and five-year-old son on August 17, 2019, when they were approached by a man her boyfriend could not identify and Magaña was fatally shot.
The young mother, described as her ‘son’s superhero’, was the first victim in a string of four unexplained deadly shootings in the past year that investigators now believe may have been carried out by the same gunman or gunmen.
A manhunt is underway for possible serial killers as authorities in San Bernardino on Tuesday asked the public for help in solving the string of shootings that left six dead in total on the city’s west side between August 2019 and January 2020.
Magaña’s car is seen in the parking lot where she was shot at around 2 am on August 17, 2019
In the wake of Magaña’s murder, her sister Maria (pictured together with her son) said the family did not believe she was intentionally targeted or that she owed ‘anything to anybody’
Nancy Magaña was shot dead while sitting in her car outside the Delmann Heights Recreation Center with her boyfriend and five-year-old son (pictured together) on August 17, 2020
Six people on the city’s west side have died between August 2019 and January 2020
They said its possible that the victims were known to the suspect(s), though some of the attacks appeared to be random.
The revelation that the shootings could be connected has breathed new life into the first two cases that had gone cold after months without any answers.
Magaña’s death outside the Delmann Heights Recreation Center was followed a month later with the shooting of 21-year-old Detrell Page.
Detrell Page, 21, (pictured) was shot in the back of the head while driving with his two-year-old son on September 14
He was shot in the back of the head by a fellow motorist while driving down Cajon Boulevard near the rec center on September 14.
Page’s two-year-old daughter Dekorro was killed in the car crash that unfolded immediately after her father was shot.
The second set of shootings occurred within days of each other in January 2020.
Lemon Hamilton, 24, was found fatally shot near the corner of Meridian Avenue and Spruce Street on the morning of January 19.
A second victim, 20-year-old Jesus Valencia of Rialto, turned up at a hospital with a bullet wound from the same incident later that day.
Two days later, San Bernardino residents Israel Delatorre, 34, and Daniel Melendrez, 33, were found shot dead near Hanford Street and Grand Avenue.
Surveillance video showed two vehicles dropping off several men near the scene before they ambushed the two victims.
At the time of Magaña’s murder, family members expressed disbelief over what had happened and said they did not believe she was intentionally targeted.
‘She didn’t owe anything to anybody, so why? Why her? Why not somebody who did bad stuff?’ the victim’s sister, Maria Magaña, told KABC in August.
‘Nobody wishes anything on anybody else, but why not somebody else. Why her?
‘This came out of nowhere. It’s just that somebody walked up to her car and shot her for no reason. That’s what makes it hard — there’s no reason.’
The boyfriend, who was not named, told police he did not recognize the shooter.
Page’s car is seen moments before it crashed after he was shot in the head on Cajon Boulevard
The gunman or gunman who shot Page near the rec center on Cajon Boulevard in September 2019 was believed to be driving the silver car seen in this surveillance photo released by police
Authorities say its possible that the shootings were gang-related, as the first one took place in a ‘high gang area’.
However, Interim Police Chief Eric McBride said he isn’t ready to definitively associate the crimes with a specific gang.
‘It’s often said that 90 percent of your crime is committed by 10 percent of your population, and I think that kind of fits what’s going on here,’ McBride said at a news conference Tuesday.
Lemon Hamilton, 24, (left) was found fatally shot on the street on January 19, 2020. Hours later Jesus Valencia, 20, (right) turned up at a hospital with a bullet wound from the same incident
Israel Delatorre, 34,(left) and Daniel Melendrez, 33, (right) were found shot dead near Hanford Street and Grand Avenue on January 21, 2020, the fourth in a strong of unexplained shootings
Following her death in August, friends of Magaña set up a GoFundMe on behalf of her family, which raised almost $8,000.
‘Nancy was a beautiful, smart, loving person… full of life,’ the page read.
‘She impacted so many people, her family, friends, students and teachers. She was her son’s superhero. Anyone who had the privilege to know her would agree that she was one of a kind.
‘This has been very difficult to process but we know she is now in a place where there is no violence, no harm, just peace and happiness.’
Loved ones also set up a GoFundMe campaign set up for Delatorre after the father-of-two was killed on January 21.
The description reads: ‘Words can’t begin to explain what Israel meant to all of his friends and family. There will be a huge part missing from our lives. He had so much to live for, and so much more.’
Anyone with information about the shootings is urged to contact Sgt Albert Tello at 909-384-5613 or email@example.com.
Loved ones set up a GoFundMe campaign for Delatorre after the father-of-two (pictured with his family) was killed in January in an attack that police believe may be linked to three others