In what police believe are entirely unrelated incidents, two freeway shootings
in Anaheim have claimed the life of one person and have resulted in one
detainment and one
The first shooting took place about three weeks ago. Prosecutors have alleged
that on July 14 around 8pm, the defendant, a 45-year-old man, drove up
next to a pickup truck on the westbound 91 freeway near the 57 freeway,
where he then shot at the passenger side window. The passenger of the
pickup was struck in the head and died, and the driver of the pickup truck
was also injured but managed to pull over to the side of the road. Two
other backseat passengers were uninjured.
Anaheim police detectives are still investigating the incident, though
the defendant was arrested last Thursday for cocaine
possession and what then booked on suspicion of murder on Friday. He was formally
charged on Monday and faces felony counts of murder by drive-by shooting, use of a
firearm, possession for sale of a controlled substance, and possession of a firearm
by a felon.
Neither prosecutors nor the police have alleged a motive for the shooting,
but the defendant faces life in prison without the possibility of parole
if he is convicted. He faces arraignment on August 20 and is currently
being held without bail at the Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana, CA.
The second shooting took place Monday afternoon, the same day that the
defendant discussed above was charged with murder in a separate shooting.
According to Anaheim police, officers were called just after 4:20pm Monday
to assist the California Highway Patrol (CHP) with a car stop on the 91
freeway between the toll road and Weir Canyon Road. The stop involved
what the CHP believed may have been an armed man.
Officers detained the driver of one vehicle, and another driver with three
gunshot wounds was discovered in a white Ford SUV a short distance away
on the freeway. The driver of the SUV was shot three times in his upper
torso and left arm but is expected to survive. The SUV had a number of
bullet holes on the driver's side of the vehicle and the glass on
both driver's side windows were blown out.
A weapon was not discovered on the uninjured driver who was detained at
the scene, but police closed all eastbound lanes of the 91 at Magnolia
as they searched for a firearm that may have been used in the shooting.
The driver was taken to the Fullerton Police Department for questioning.
No arrests have been reported in connection with this shooting.
Police have said that there are no known links between Monday's shooting
and the fatal July 14 shooting.
These two cases show just how seriously the authorities take
violent crimes, particularly those involving firearms. Discharging a firearm from a moving
vehicle may result in enhanced charges and penalties, and if someone lost
their life in the shooting the defendant is likely to face life in prison
without parole (as the defendant is facing in connection with the July
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An aggressive defense is one's only hope against formal or informal
allegations of a violent crime. The driver detained in Monday's shooting
may not have been formally arrested or charged, but he would do well to
involve an attorney who can advise him of his rights and options while
representing his interests during any police questioning. Even in trying
to prove his innocence or explain his side of the story, his statements
could be misconstrued and used against him at a later date.
For information and insight regarding weapon-related violent crimes, please call an
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