4-year-old Gor Adamyan met a tragic fate on Friday during a routine evening trip to the grocery store in Lancaster, where the Adamyan family’s outing turned fatal after being allegedly cut off by Byron Buckhart, 29, and Alexandria Gentile, 27, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The confrontation escalated as Buckhart and Gentile purportedly chased the family through the streets of Lancaster.
Authorities announced on Monday the arrests of the two individuals on suspicion of homicide, though formal charges by the Los Angeles County district attorney are pending.
During the incident, an assailant fired eight shots into the Adamyans’ car, resulting in three hitting the 4-year-old in the backseat.
Gor succumbed to his injuries on Saturday morning at a hospital.
Details about the suspected shooter and the total number of shots fired have not been disclosed by the Sheriff’s Department, but it is being investigated as a clear case of road rage, according to Miguel Coronado, a spokesperson for the grieving family.
Contrary to the initial narrative from the Sheriff’s Department, Coronado provided a different account, suggesting that the Adamyan family accidentally cut off Buckhart and Gentile, prompting them to follow and harass the family.
Dash Cam IDs Suspects, Family Mourns 4-Year-Old Gor
He asserted that the woman handed the gun to the shooter.
Dash cam footage played a pivotal role in identifying the suspects, according to Lancaster Mayor Rex Parris, who expressed regret that the suspects were not apprehended with force.
The camera captured part of the suspects’ license plate, leading authorities to track them to a hotel.
Gor’s parents, Meri Adamyan and Levon Tantushyan, had initially planned to go to the store alone but decided to bring Gor along when he expressed a desire not to stay home.
The family, devastated by the tragic outcome, described Gor as “vibrant” with a “bright spirit” in a GoFundMe campaign aimed at covering funeral expenses.
Limited information is available about the suspects, although Buckhart’s Facebook page, appearing to belong to him, featured posts as recent as Friday.
Gentile has a criminal record in Los Angeles, including a 2016 domestic violence case for which she received probation with a 10-year prohibition on firearm possession.