A Bellflower man accused in a gang-related shooting last month at the Del Amo Fashion Center that left one man wounded was charged Tuesday with attempted murder.
Jose Manuel Salazar, 18, is also charged with possession of a firearm with violation of probation, with allegations that he personally and intentionally discharged a handgun and that the crimes were committed for the benefit of a criminal street gang.
The shooting occurred a little before 3 p.m. on June 3 at the Torrance shopping mall, which was locked down and surrounded by officers who searched unsuccessfully for the shooter.
Madrona Middle School, which is near the mall, was also placed on lockdown amid concerns that the suspect may have gotten out of the facility and run in the direction of the campus.
Video posted on Facebook showed the 22-year-old shooting victim, who appeared to be bleeding, being cared for by people inside the mall just north of the food court on the main level, outside a Build-A-Bear Workshop and Finish Line athletic apparel store.
Salazar remained on the lam for nearly a month. When he was arrested about 1:15 a.m. last Saturday after a traffic stop by Redondo Beach police, he provided police with a false name, according to Torrance police Sgt. Ronald Harris, who said the suspect was “positively identified” during the booking process.
Salazar — who’s in custody and is due back in a Torrance courtroom on July 17 for arraignment — could face a potential 47-year-to-life state prison sentence if convicted as charged, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
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