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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.