A convicted felon and two other men accused in a gang-related attack on a Norco man were charged Friday with shooting at an occupied structure, among other offenses.

Francisco Javier Paredes, 36, Daniel Anthony Florez, 28, and Michael Anthony Varela, 33, were arrested Wednesday during an operation involving multiple agencies in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Along with the allegation of shooting at an occupied dwelling, all three defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and gang activity. Paredes is additionally charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

The three are slated to be arraigned Friday afternoon at the Riverside Hall of Justice. Each man is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.

According to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Frank Lodes, the alleged attack happened on March 12 at the victim’s residence. The male victim, whose identity was not released, was not injured, but investigators did not disclose any further details.

In the six-week period following the shooting, detectives accumulated evidence allegedly pointing to Florez, Paredes and Varela as the perpetrators, Lodes said. Search warrants were obtained for properties associated with the men in Colton, Corona, Moreno Valley and other cities.

With the assistance of the San Bernardino County sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau, the Murrieta Police Department and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Riverside County sheriff’s anti-gang personnel served the warrants, seizing multiple firearms and other alleged evidence, Lodes said.

The defendants were taken into custody without a struggle.

According to court records, Paredes has a prior conviction for robbery. No priors were listed for Florez and Varela in Riverside County.

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