A 20-year-old man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and other counts for allegedly accidentally shooting a female friend in a vehicle at a Tarzana hiking trail, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.
Heriberto Gonzalez pleaded not guilty to one felony count each of involuntary manslaughter and unlawful firearm activity and two felony counts of discharge of a firearm with gross negligence, along with one misdemeanor count each of carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle in a city and carrying a loaded firearm on one’s person in a city.
The charges, filed Tuesday, stem from Sunday’s shooting death of Angela Hernandez, 24.
Gonzalez and a group of friends, including Hernandez, allegedly hiked up a trail to shoot a handgun, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
After returning to a vehicle, Gonzalez allegedly accidentally discharged the weapon, fatally shooting Hernandez as she sat in the front passenger seat, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Hernandez was taken to a hospital, where she died.
Gonzalez was initially booked by Los Angeles police on suspicion of murder.
He is due back in a Van Nuys courtroom Dec. 19.
If convicted as charged, he could face more than four years in state prison.
—City News Service