Prosecutors today filed attempted murder charges against a Wilmington man accused in a weekend drive-by shooting near The Pike Outlets that sparked panic and left three people wounded, including a 13-year-old boy.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office charged Jonathan Rodriguez-Zamora, 23, with three counts of willful, deliberate and premeditated attempted murder. Two teenagers were also arrested in connection with the Saturday night shooting, but any proceedings against them are confidential because they’re minors.
It’s not clear exactly what part each of the suspects is accused of playing in the shooting. Three people were struck when the gunfire erupted from a vehicle outside of a Hooters restaurant on Shoreline Drive at around 7:30 p.m., police said. The shots sent people scrambling for cover. A bullet flew through the window of the restaurant, Police Chief Robert Luna said.
“It’s not every day that a bullet goes through your front door and there’s blood all over the floor,” Luna told reporters.
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia called the shooting “horrific” and promised more information soon about how effective the city has been in battling a spike in shootings.
On Sunday, police said they arrested three suspects “within minutes” of the shooting, thanks to video surveillance and witness accounts at the scene. A gun was also recovered, along with evidence from “multiple” crime scenes, police said.
A motive for the shooting remains unknown, according to police, but detectives are investigating the shooting as possibly gang-related. The LBPD defines gang-related crimes as any crime committed “for the benefit of, at the direction of or in association with any criminal street gang.”
It’s not clear yet whether the victims were the intended targets or bystanders.
Rodriguez-Zamora briefly appeared in court to face the charges Tuesday, but he did not enter a plea. His next court date was set for July 13. He is currently being held on $3 million bail.
City News Service contributed to this report.
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