Driver Shot Dead near Starbucks with His Wife Sitting Next to Him – Inside the Harrowing Story

Jené Liebenberg
Apr 29, 2021
11:40 P.M.
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25-year-old Alexis Carbajal was killed with his wife sitting next to him in the car when another driver pulled into a Starbucks driveway and opened fire. 


Alexis Carbajal was fatally shot whilst sitting in the Starbucks drive-through line with his wife. A white Jeep Cherokee drove into the drive-through the wrong way and fired into Carbajal's vehicle, killing him. 

It is reported that the couple had a conversation with the suspect before the shooting occurred. The 25-year-old victim was newly married, leaving his wife widowed. Carbajal's spouse was uninjured in the process. 

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CCTV footage captured the shooting that took Carbajal's life, showing the blue Mustang that the victim was driving trying to back away as the Jeep, driven by the shooter, continued to move closer.

The authorities have identified the shooter as 50-year-old Carlos Lopez. Lopez was involved in two other shooting sprees around Los Angeles, with the Starbucks incident the second of three incidents he was involved in. 



Lopez first opened fire at 12:55 a.m. near Figueroa Street and Exposition Boulevard, leaving a man injured after sustaining a gunshot wound. The victim's dashcam gave the police the necessary information to track Lopez. 

While still attending the first shooting, authorities were alerted of the second shooting that took Carbajal's life. It took place a few minutes later at Figueroa and 28th Street. The driver's death comes as a shock to his family. His uncle said

“They just called me, said he passed away.I didn’t know what to say, I didn’t know what to do.”



At 1:25 a.m., the police received the report of Lopez's third shooting, which occurred only three miles away from the Starbucks. This third shooting left Uber driver Mingzhi Zhu dead. 

Zhu, 42, was working when Lopez drove up alongside his moving car and opened fire on him. A statement was released in the wake of the three shootings, and it reads

"The senseless acts of violence that took the lives of two innocent people, including Mr. Mingzhi Zhu who was on his way to pick up a rider, is heartbreaking."



The ordeal came to a dramatic end when law enforcement finally tracked Lopez down. Fifteen minutes after the third shooting took place, the white Jeep was located on a major Orange County freeway. 

A lengthy pursuit followed, which led to the authorities laying spikes to stop the vehicle on the westbound side of the 91 Freeway. Now trapped in his vehicle, Lopez refused to get out. 

With the freeway closed down for both directions, an LAPD SWAT was called to defuse the situation. After many attempts at getting Lopez to exit the Jeep, he allegedly opened fire on the officers. 

Law enforcement retaliated with gunfire, which resulted in the fatal shooting of the suspect. Lopez was pronounced dead on the scene. No motive has been identified as of yet.