A 35-year-old man was arrested Sunday on suspicion he fired the bullet that killed 8-year-old Jonah Hwang inside a home in Pomona.
Sengchan Houl was picked up about 11:40 a.m. without incident in an unincorporated area of Pomona, according to police. It’s unclear at this point what led to Houl’s arrest Sunday by Pomona police detectives.
Jonah was fatally shot on Feb. 20 in a home in the 1100 block of West 11th Street in Pomona. He was inside the home with his family, visiting friends for dinner, when he was struck by the bullet.
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The youth, whose family brought him home from a Taiwanese orphanage fewer than three years ago, died at a hospital. The residents hosting the dinner were married school teachers with two children of their own, according to neighbors.
Supervisor Hilda Solis recommended a $10,000 reward in the fatal shooting of Hwang. The reward was approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on March 8.
There was another $20,000 reward offered by the Pomona Police Department and the city of Pomona, bringing the total to $30,000. It’s unclear at this point whether anyone is in line for those rewards, now that an arrest has been made.
Hwang’s shooting was the second of three drive-by assaults at that location. A police officer said a gunshot had been fired at the residence in January when no one was home. It was unclear if that incident was related to the fatal shooting or if it was a case of mistaken identity. A third shooting took place just this past week, but no one was hit.
Police said the family at that location had no gang ties.
Houl was booked at the Pomona Jail and was being held on $2 million bail. He is scheduled to head to court on Tuesday for his arraignment.
Police will hold a news conference outside the Pomona police station on Monday at 1 p.m. to discuss the case.
Anyone with information on this homicide was asked to call the Pomona Police Homicide Bureau at (909) 620-2095.
–City News Service