7 fatally shot at illegal marijuana grow in Riverside County

Seven people were shot to death early Monday, Sept. 7, at a home in the unincorporated Riverside County community of Aguanga, authorities reported.

The victims were found in a residence in the 45000 block of Highway 371 in what was reportedly a house being used to grow illegal marijuana, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Investigators found more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana and several hundred marijuana plants at the location, the Sheriff’s Department reported.

At 12:33 a.m., deputies were called to investigate a possible deadly assault when they entered the home and found a woman with severe gunshot wounds. The sheriff deputies then discovered six victims at the same home with gunshot wounds; all six died at the location, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reported.

The woman was taken by paramedics to a local hospital where she later died from her injuries, the department reported.

A suspect or suspects in the killings had not been found and remained at large Monday night. Detectives from the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit and from its Hemet Station were gathering evidence.

“Investigators are currently working on leads,” read a statement from the sheriff’s department.

Cpl. Lionel Murphy of the Sheriff’s Department would not provide further details on Monday night. “It is an ongoing investigation,” Murphy said.

In a press release, attributed to Sgt. Richard Carroll, the authorities said the killings “appears to have been an isolated incident, and there is no threat to the general public.”

The names of those killed were not immediately released.

Aguanga is a remote community located 18 miles east of Temecula and 22 miles southeast of Hemet, with a population of 1,128.

The Sheriff’s Department is asking the public for help in solving the crimes. Anyone with information should contact Investigator Paz at (951) 955-2777.

 

 

 

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2 slain in Anaheim; suspect is believed to have killed himself in Santa Barbara County

ANAHEIM — Anaheim detectives investigating a double homicide Sunday found the suspect in Santa Barbara County dead from an apparent suicide.

It started about 6:15 a.m. when officers were called to an apartment in the 1800 block of South Haster Street on a report that two people had been shot, according to Anaheim police Sgt. Shane Carringer.

“Officers arrived on scene and located the bodies of 47-year-old, Maria Ernestina Ramirez of Anaheim, and 40-year-old Efrain Hernandez-Ramirez of Placentia,” Carringer said. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

The victims had the same last name but their relationship was not immediately explained.

“Homicide detectives quickly identified Jorge Pino, a 57-year-old resident of Salt Lake City, Utah, as a suspect in the murders,” he said. “Jorge Pino and Maria Ernestina Ramirez were in a long-term dating relationship which had recently ended.”

Detectives were preparing an arrest warrant for Pino at about 10:30 a.m. when Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies discovered Pino’s body in the Gaviota area, Carringer said. “Pino suffered what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. “

Anyone who had contact with Pino or has other information was asked to call Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS.

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Police ID 5 suspects in robbery of man targeted and killed for his bicycle in Santa Ana; 4 in custody

SANTA ANA — An accused gang member was behind bars Wednesday for allegedly robbing and fatally shooting a man who was targeted for his bicycle last month in Santa Ana.

Jose Luis Salgado of Santa Ana, who turned 20 Wednesday, is charged with murder, with a special circumstances allegation of murder committed for the benefit of a street gang, robbery, participating in gang activity and being an active participant in a gang carrying a loaded gun in public.

Salgado also faces sentencing enhancement allegations of a gang member’s vicarious use of a gun, discharge of a gun causing death and gang activity.

Pedro Morale Chocoj, 31, of Santa Ana was attacked July 23 about 7:45 p.m. by multiple suspects who wanted to steal his bicycle, said Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

His body wasn’t found until late the next day, when police responded to a call of a man down on a dirt path next to the Santa Ana Riverbed north of 5th Street, Bertagna said.

Chocoj was residing in Santa Ana with his brother and was sending money back to his wife and kids back in El Salvador, Bertagna said.

Santa Ana detectives tracked down the victim’s bicycle on July 27 in the 900 block of Fair Way, thanks to a tip that also led them to a suspect, who is charged with being an accessory after the fact, Bertagna said.

Jesus Gonzalo Ibarra, 22, of Santa Ana, is also charged with participating in gang activity, receiving stolen property and being an active participant in a gang carrying a loaded gun in public, all felonies, with sentence enhancement allegations for gang activity.

Last Wednesday, police arrested Salgado and two other suspects, including a teenager, Bertagna said. The other suspects’ identities have not been released as detectives are still investigating the case and seeking a fifth suspect, he said.

Anyone with information was asked to call detectives at 714-245-8390. Orange County Crime Stoppers will accept anonymous tips at 855-TIP-OCCS.

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Man fatally shot in Norwalk identified as an Anaheim resident

NORWALK — An Anaheim man was identified Saturday as the victim of a shooting in Norwalk.

Johnson J.C. Chen was 32, according to coroner’s Lt. Nani Cholakians.

Deputies responded to the 11300 block of Elmhurst Drive, southeast of the Cerritos College campus, about 3:10 a.m. Friday, and located him, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Chen was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the department said.

A description of the shooter and a motive for the shooting were not immediately available.

Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.

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Jurupa Valley man charged in 2017 Anaheim shooting death

SANTA ANA — A 36-year-old Jurupa Valley man was charged Monday with gunning down another man in Anaheim about 2 1/2 years ago.

Luis Alberto Arias faces a murder charge with a sentencing enhancement allegation of the discharge of a gun causing death, along with a felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon, according to court records.

Arias is accused of killing 27-year-old Rafael Luna of Placentia on Nov. 24, 2017, in the 2500 block of East Terrace Street.

Police were called to that block regarding multiple calls of shots fired and a man down, according to Anaheim police Sgt. Shane Carringer.

The two were acquainted with each other, he said, but police did not provide any other details of the motive or their relationship.

Police interviewed “numerous witnesses” and reviewed surveillance video and used DNA evidence to identify Arias as a suspect, Carringer said.

Arias was arrested Saturday in Riverside.

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Man shot in Santa Ana drives himself to hospital

A man drove himself to a hospital after he was shot in Santa Ana on the evening of Tuesday, April 28.

Medical staff notified police that the victim had arrived with a gunshot wound to his upper chest at about 8:10 p.m., Santa Ana Police Commander Andrew Alvarez said. He was treated and was expected to survive.

The patient said he was injured near a store at McFadden Avenue and Fairview Street, Alvarez said.

However, the wounded man was otherwise uncooperative, and provided no further information to police. It was unclear who might have shot him and why as of Tuesday evening.

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Suspect in killing of Irvine man at Malibu Creek State Park attacks deputy, is restrained in court

LOS ANGELES — A man charged with killing a father who was camping with his daughters in a Southern California park had to be subdued in court on Monday after the judge refused to allow him to defend himself without a lawyer.

Anthony Rauda attacked a deputy during the hearing and was restrained, NBC Los Angeles reported.

The case was continued until May 5, the news station said.

Rauda, 43, is charged with one count of murder, 10 counts of attempted murder and five counts of burglary in a rash of break-ins and shootings targeting campers and drivers at Malibu Creek State Park.

Rauda is accused of shooting Tristan Beaudette while the 35-year-old father camped in a tent with his daughters on June 18, 2018. The girls, ages 2 and 4, were not injured but are considered victims of attempted murder.

Fear spread when authorities acknowledged after the killing that several shootings had occurred in the area, but they were not previously thought to be related. Other victims then came forward to report they had been shot at.

Rauda was arrested in a ravine near the park dressed in black and carrying a rifle in his backpack.

At a previous court appearance, he wore a mesh hood to prevent him from spitting or biting.

If convicted, Rauda faces up to life in prison.

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Santa Ana police seek possibly armed suspect in fatal shooting

Police released a photo Sunday, March 29, of a possibly armed and dangerous man suspected in a fatal shooting at a park in Santa Ana.

Investigators believe Daniel Contreras, 22, of Santa Ana shot the male victim near a baseball field at El Salvador Park, 1825 W. Civic Center Dr., late Wednesday, Santa Ana Police Department officials said in a news release. The person who was wounded was a minor, and died at the scene, Orange County Deputy Coroner Erica Arellano said. His identity was not released to the public.

Two gang members allegedly approached a male victim and identified themselves as gang members just prior to the shooting. Contreras was described as a man standing 6 feet and 1 inch tall and weighing roughly 175 pounds, with black hair and dark colored eyes. He had been in possession of a .40 caliber handgun, which has not yet been recovered by authorities, police said.

Authorities asked anyone with information regarding Contreras’s whereabouts to contact SAPD Homicide investigators by calling 714-245-8390. Information can also be left anonymously with OC Crimestoppers by calling 855-847-6227 (855-TIP-OCCS). Those who provide details leading to the suspect’s arrest may be eligible for a reward.

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Eastbound 91 Freeway lanes reopen in Corona after closure for investigation of shots-fired call

The eastbound lanes of the 91 Freeway in Corona were temporarily closed at Maple Street on Sunday night for an investigation into reports of shots fired.

RVCO: SR-91 EB at Maple, full freeway closure with Maple on-ramp to EB 91 closed and Serfas Club on-ramp to EB 91 closed, unknown time to reopen #Caltrans8

— Caltrans District 8 (@Caltrans8) February 3, 2020

A large police presence could be seen in the area from a TV news helicopter, NBC Los Angeles reported.

The main freeway lanes were closed at 10:21 p.m. but reopened by 11:14 p.m., Caltrans said.

Police searched for a possible suspect and warned residents to take shelter in their homes,  but no injuries were immediately reported, Corona Police Sgt. Dan Dunnigan said.

Authorities received calls regarding possible gunfire at about 9 p.m. near the intersection of D Street and Sherman Avenue,  Dunnigan said.

No victims had been located, and officers were still working to confirm if shots had been fired as of 10:40 p.m.

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Man shot, wounded at Santa Ana Halloween party

SANTA ANA — A man was hospitalized this morning with non-life threatening injuries suffered in a shooting at a Halloween party in Santa Ana.

Officers responded to a shots-fired call at a home in the 2200 block of South Orange Avenue, near East Anahurst Place, about 11 p.m. Thursday and found a man down in the street with two gunshot wounds to the upper body, according to Cmdr. Joe Marty of the Santa Ana Police Department.

The victim was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Marty said.

A Halloween party was taking place in the backyard of home when the shooting occurred, Marty said.

A detailed description of the suspect was not immediately available. A motive for the shooting was not disclosed.

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