Woman injured in Mission Viejo shooting, suspect arrested after climbing a nearby hill

A woman was hospitalized and a man was arrested after a short crime spree that included a shooting in Mission Viejo on Sunday night, authorities said.

The suspect was also believed to be involved in two other crimes, a domestic violence incident and reckless driving, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Todd Hylton said.

Deputies first received a call about a domestic violence incident in San Clemente about 7:30 p.m., with a tip that the suspect lived in a neighboring city, Hylton said. Further details about that call were not immediately available.

About 7:40 p.m., deputies received a call of a reckless driver in Mission Viejo, with the vehicle description matching the one given to deputies in San Clemente, Hylton said.

While searching for the vehicle, another call came in of a shooting behind a business near the area of Marguerite Parkway and La Paz Road, Hylton said, adding that the description again matched the suspect vehicle.

Deputies arrived and found a woman with a non-life threatening gunshot wound in the area of Marguerite and La Paz, he said.

They later found the suspect vehicle, but the suspect had fled on foot.

“He was taken into custody a short time later” not far from the suspect vehicle, Hylton said.

News video from OC HAWK appeared to show a man wearing a grey shirt and black shorts climbing up a hillside. At one point, the man takes his shirt off before he is taken into custody by deputies at the top of a hill.

Video also showed investigators searching an area near MasterCare Car Service in the 27200 block of La Paz Road.

It wasn’t immediately known if the weapon used in the shooting was found and further information about the suspect was not immediately available.

The relationship, if any, between the suspect and the woman who was shot was not immediately clear.

The identity of the suspect was not immediately released.

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Man gets 5 years in prison for shooting at occupants of a vehicle on the 91 Freeway in Riverside

RIVERSIDE — A 32-year-old man with a previous felony conviction pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of shooting at occupants of a vehicle on the Riverside (91) Freeway and was immediately sentenced to five years in state prison.

Lorenzo Antonio Parra of Corona admitted one count each of shooting at an occupied vehicle, felony driving under the influence and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office dropped three related charges in exchange for Parra’s admissions under the plea agreement.

Superior Court Judge O.G. Magno accepted the plea during a status hearing at the Riverside Hall of Justice, imposing the sentence stipulated by the prosecution and defense.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a man driving a Chevrolet Silverado going west on the Riverside Freeway, near Adams Street in Riverside, came under fire about 10:40 p.m. on May 22.

CHP Officer Juan Quintero said the victim, whose name was not disclosed, exited the freeway on McKinley Avenue in Corona and called 911, describing the vehicle from which the shots originated as a burgundy Honda Accord, occupied by two people.

“The victim related that he observed the muzzle flash and heard the gunshots but did not know where the bullets struck his vehicle and was not able to obtain a license plate” number, Quintero said.

Neither the driver or his passenger was injured.

Quintero said patrol units canvassed the freeway and surrounding streets, locating Parra’s sedan on the westbound Riverside Freeway at Maple Street in Corona nearly two hours later.

Because Parra’s car matched the description given by the victim, it was stopped as it exited the freeway onto Green River Road, according to Quintero.

After officers confirmed that Parra was driving on a suspended license, he was detained, along with his companion.

“A thorough search of the suspect vehicle resulted in locating a loaded Ruger 9mm handgun, loose ammunition and one used shell casing,” Quintero said.

Parra was taken into custody without a struggle, and his passenger was released after questioning.

Investigators determined the shooting was not connected to the rash of vandalism attacks targeting vehicles traveling the Riverside Freeway between Anaheim and Riverside from mid-April to late May, resulting in windows being blown out by projectiles, identified as BBs and pellets.

Another convicted felon, 34-year-old Jesse Leal Rodriguez of Anaheim, was arrested and charged in connection with at least one of the attacks, though authorities believe he’s responsible for more.

According to court records, Parra has prior convictions for driving under the influence, felony evading and driving on a suspended license.

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Two cars on 91 Freeway in Corona and Riverside have windows shot out Tuesday evening

Just a day after drivers of three cars reported having their windows shot out on the 91 Freeway near Corona, two more cars travelling on the same freeway in Corona and Riverside had their windows shot out on Tuesday evening, May 11, the California Highway Patrol said.

At about 5:50 p.m., a white GMC Safari van was travelling east on the 91, east of Lincoln Avenue in Corona, when the van’s middle left side window was shattered. Responding officers determined the weapon used was a pellet or BB gun based on the damage, the CHP said.

Just about 10 minutes after the first incident, a white Jeep Wrangler was heading east on the 91 Freeway, east of Tyler Street in Riverside, when the driver reported hearing a pop, followed by their left side third row window shattering, the CHP said.

No injuries were reported in either incident and no suspect information was obtained in either incident, the CHP said.

Just late Sunday evening, May 9, into the early morning hours of Monday, drivers of four cars in Corona and Riverside reported having their windows shot out by what the CHP believe to be pellets or BBs. Officer Juan Quintero, spokesman for the CHP’s Riverside Office, said Tuesday’s incidents were “a little less definitive” as to whether they were related to those the day prior on the freeway.

“We’ve got to do more follow up before we can link (the incidents),” Quintero said. “We did an area search (on Tuesday), both on the freeway and off the freeway and we didn’t find anything.”

The CHP was already probing various other similar freeway incidents in previous months.

The windows of two drivers were reported being shattered while on the 91 near Corona on May 6 near Main Street and in Riverside near Pierce Street. One was believed to be the result of a BB gun while the other was believed to stem from a “big object,” according to Quintero.

The CHP’s Westminster office reported “approximately five” similar incidents in their area between April 19 and May 4.

Any witnesses who may have observed the incidents are encouraged to call the CHP at 951-637-8000.

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Man wounded in Santa Ana shooting

SANTA ANA — A man was critically wounded in a shooting Monday night in Santa Ana.

Officers responded about 8:35 p.m. to the 200 block of South Sullivan Street, near the Fairview Mobile Home Park south of First Street, where they found the victim down with a gunshot wound to his upper body, according to Cmdr. A. Alvarez of the Santa Ana Police Department.

The victim was in critical condition when he was taken to a hospital by Orange County Fire Authority paramedics, Alvarez said.

A motive for the shooting and description of any suspect were not immediately available.

The name of the victim was not disclosed.

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Riverside man admits guilt in fatal Santa Ana shooting, trying to kill a deputy while in custody; gets 25-year sentence

SANTA ANA  — A 37-year-old Riverside man who took part in a fatal vehicle-to-vehicle shooting in Santa Ana and tried to kill a sheriff’s deputy while in custody pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 25 years in prison, according to court records obtained Monday.

Emmanuel Vega pleaded guilty Friday to voluntary manslaughter, shooting at a car and attempted murder, all felonies, and admitted a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a firearm in the Nov. 2, 2011, shooting death of 36-year-old Juan Manuel Diaz in the 1600 block of East Edinger Avenue.

Vega also pleaded guilty to attempted murder for the Jan. 12, 2019, attack on a sheriff’s deputy, according to court records. He was sentenced to nine years in prison for that case, which will run concurrent to the manslaughter case.

Vega was given credit for 3,114 days in custody.

Vega was arrested in December 2013 in connection with the Nov. 2, 2011, shooting death of Diaz.

Co-defendant Steve Moreno, 31, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in January 2014 and has been awaiting sentencing. Court records in his case are sealed.

Vega opened fire from a Toyota 4Runner owned by this father into a blue van with Diaz behind the wheel, according to police testimony from his March 2015 preliminary hearing.

Roberto Diaz, who was a passenger in the van, was also wounded but survived.

Moreno told police he was a passenger in the SUV. According to the preliminary hearing testimony, Vega picked him up and they drove to a park in Irvine looking for members of a local gang.

They didn’t see anyone from the particular gang they were looking for so they played some basketball before Vega went over to a handball court to resume the search, according to testimony. They were about to leave when they saw Juan and Roberto Diaz and decided to follow them, according to the police testimony.

Vega produced a gun during the ride, but Moreno declined to use it, so Vega opened fire on the victims, who were cousins of Moreno’s wife, police said. It wasn’t clear what motivated the shooting.

Vega had been charged with murder with special circumstance allegations of shooting from a vehicle and murder by means of lying in wait. He was also facing charges of possession of a gun by a felon and attempted murder, with sentencing enhancement allegations for discharge of a gun causing great bodily injury or death and attempted premeditated murder.

In the attack on the deputy on Jan. 12, 2019, Vega used a metal shank, prosecutors said. He was also accused of attacking another deputy and a sergeant, according to court records.

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$1 million arrest warrant obtained for suspect in Anaheim motel homicide

Homicide detectives have obtained a $1 million arrest warrant for a Romanian man suspected of committing a fatal shooting at an Anaheim motel, according to the Anaheim Police Department.

37-year-old Florin Raducanu is suspected of fatally shooting 42-year-old Aurel Trandafir on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 1201 W. Katella Ave. Raducanu and Trandafir both were visiting from Romania, the Police Department said in a Wednesday statement.

Police said the minivan they believe Raducanu used to escape the crime scene has been recovered. He is considered to be armed and dangerous and is known to use numerous aliases, the Police Department said.

On Sunday at about 7:37 p.m., officers responded to a report of a shooting at Abby’s Anaheimer Inn. Officers located Trandafir suffering from at least one gunshot wound and he was transported to a hospital, where he died from his injuries, Anaheim police said.

At the time of the shooting, Trandafir was wanted by Romanian officials for robbery, the Police Department said.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about Raducanu’s whereabouts to call them at 714-321-3669 or to call Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS.

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Man found in crashed car fatally shot in Santa Ana

SANTA ANA — A 20-year-old man was killed in a Santa Ana shooting and the shooter was at large Thursday morning.

Officers responded about 11 p.m. Wednesday to the 200 block of South Raitt street, near First Street, and found a Honda Accord crashed against a curb and pole and the victim inside with at least one gunshot wound, according to Cmdr. S. Enriquez of the Santa Ana Police Department.

The victim was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A description of the shooter was not immediately available.

The name of the victim was not disclosed.

The intersection of Raitt and First streets was closed after the incident.

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Shooting at Illinois bowling alley leaves 3 dead, 3 injured

ROCKFORD, Ill. — A gunman opened fire inside an Illinois bowling alley, killing three people and injuring three others Saturday night in what authorities believe was a random attack.

A 37-year-old male suspect was in custody after the shooting at Don Carter Lanes, Rockford police said in a social media  post.

Two of those who were shot were teenagers, police Chief Dan O’Shea said during a news conference.

O’Shea did not immediately release additional information about the victims. He described the scene as contained and said he did not think any officers fired their weapons while apprehending the suspected gunman.

Rockford is about 80 miles northwest of Chicago.

Mayor Tom McNamara released a statement saying he was “angered and saddened” about the shooting.

“My thoughts are with the families of those who lost loved ones,” McNamara said. “I’m also thinking of those who were injured and my hopes are with them for a quick and full recovery.”

The Rockford Register Star reported that 2020 has been the city’s deadliest year for homicides, according to records that date back to 1965. Thirty-five people have been killed in the city this year, breaking the previous record of 31 in 1996.

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Anaheim shooting leaves man critically injured, suspect charged

SANTA ANA  — A 25-year-old Anaheim man was charged Monday with shooting another man in the face, leaving the victim fighting for his life in a hospital.

Angel Avalos was charged with attempted murder and assault with a firearm, both felonies, with sentencing enhancement allegations for inflicting great bodily injury on the victim, the personal use of a firearm and attempted premeditated murder.

Police were called about 1 a.m. Friday to the 800 block of West Gramercy Avenue, where officers found the victim, who sustained a gunshot wound to the face, Anaheim Police Department Sgt. Shane Carringer said.

Avalos barricaded himself nearby in an apartment for about four hours, Carringer said. The standoff ended when police gassed the apartment, prompting the suspect to jump out of a second-floor window and land on a car below, Carringer said.

A canine unit dog helped apprehend the suspect, Carringer said.

Avalos knew his alleged victim, but the motive for the shooting was not released, Carringer said.

The victim was hospitalized in critical condition Monday but was stable, Carringer said.

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Man fatally shot in La Habra

Gunfire in La Habra stuck and killed one person the evening of Monday, Nov. 2.

Officers were summoned at 8:54 p.m. to reports of an injured person in the area of Euclid Street and West Mountain View Avenue, La Habra Police Lt.. Dan Barnes said. They found one man who had been shot.

First responders tried to save his life, before he could be taken to a hospital. But he died at the scene. He was described as a man in his early 30s, Barnes said.

No arrests were announced Monday in connection with the shooting, Barnes said. Further information regarding what led up to the incident or a description of any possible suspect was not immediately available.

Authorities asked anyone with information that might be relevant to investigators to call La Habra police at 562-383-4300.

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