A man who allegedly shot three people at a Thousand Palms house party must stand trial on charges of attempted murder, assault with a semi-automatic firearm and negligent discharge of a firearm, a judge ruled Monday.
Carlos Ulloa, 43, is accused of opening fire at a birthday party in the 29700 block of Sierra Del Sol just before midnight Sept. 16, 2017.
As the party was winding down, Ulloa allegedly got into an altercation with other party guests, pushing a man who retaliated by punching Ulloa, an arrest warrant declaration states. That victim told investigators that Ulloa approached the group and pointed a gun at him, causing him to respond by punching Ulloa, according to the declaration.
That man was shot several times, while another man who tried to wrestle the gun away from Ulloa was shot in the buttocks and left leg. A third man who tried to break up the fight suffered a leg wound.
Ulloa fled the scene in a pickup truck, the declaration states. Sheriff’s deputies circulated Ulloa’s photograph to the public, and he surrendered to police weeks after the shooting.
While Ulloa was held to answer to the attempted murder charge involving the man with whom he’s accused of initially fighting, but Riverside County Superior Court Judge Otis Sterling dismissed two counts of attempted murder involving the other two victims, saying the evidence showed that Ulloa displayed an alleged intent to kill the first man only.
In addition to the attempted murder count, Ulloa faces three counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, one count of negligent discharge of a firearm, and several sentence- enhancing allegations for using a firearm and causing great bodily injury.
Ulloa is currently out of custody on $1 million bail and will return to court Jan. 23 for a post-preliminary hearing arraignment.