A 19-year-old man is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in connection with a weekend shooting that left a man dead in Desert Hot Springs.
Officers responding to a shooting call at 10:13 p.m. Sunday found a man suffering from at least one gunshot wound in the 12200 block of Palm Drive. Despite life-saving measures initiated by responding officers, the victim died at the scene, according to police.
Detectives “quickly gathered investigative leads,” which police say led to the arrest of Matthew Gallegos of Desert of Springs, who was picked up at an apartment on Third Street Monday morning, according to jail records. He was later booked on suspicion of murder.
The identify of the victim is being withheld pending family notification.
Court records show Gallegos is named in a bench warrant for his arrest since May after failing to show up for an arraignment regarding a misdemeanor petty theft charge.
The shooting came six days after another man was shot to death about a half-mile away in the 66200 block of Estrella Avenue. The coroner’s office has not yet released the name of that victim.
When asked if the two shootings were thought to be connected, Assistant City Manager Doria Wilms told City News Service that police were investigating “all angles” but would not publicly comment on whether there was a link between the killings.