Three suspects have been identified in a shooting that left a man dead and his 11-year-old daughter wounded at their Cathedral City home, police announced Wednesday.
The shooting was reported on March 23 about 6:40 p.m. in the 29000 block of Avenida La Vista, Cathedral City Police Department Cmdr. Paul Herrera said.
A 23-year-old man was arrested Friday in connection with the slaying of 43-year-old Ruben Hernandez, while another two men, including the suspected shooter, remain on the lam.
A shooter approached the front door of the house and began firing as Hernandez stood in the doorway as his daughter stood nearby, police said on the day of the shooting.
Hernandez died at the scene. Paramedics took the girl to a hospital. The only information from police on March 23 about her condition was that her vital signs were stable.
Hernandez was “not involved in criminal activity,” according to police. A motive in the shooting remains unclear.
Police said they were able to link a group of men to two shootings that occurred within eight hours of each other, including the one that left Hernandez dead.
Police responded about 2 a.m. on March 24 to the 33300 block of Wishing Well Trail in Cathedral City to a shots fired call, where police said several gunshots were allegedly fired at a house full of people, but no one was injured.
The second shooting yielded “witnesses and physical evidence” that connected the two shootings to three men ages 18 to 23, as well as another man accused in just second shooting.
Josue Casas, 23, of Cathedral City, was taken into custody Friday in Desert Hot Springs on suspicion of murder for allegedly driving the shooter to and from the scene.
An arrest warrant was also issued for the alleged shooter, 22-year-old Indio resident Gabriel Hernandez — who police say is not related to the victim.
He is free on bail on separate allegations involving guns and drugs. Hernandez is also being sought on suspicion of attempted murder in the second shooting.
Police allege that 18-year-old Joel Casas of Cathedral City, who is Josue’s brother, is evading arrest alongside Hernandez.
Joel Casas is being sought on suspicion of being an accessory to murder. Police declined to provide specifics on his connection to Hernandez’s killing.
Ethan Bravo, 19, of Cathedral City, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of attempted murder in the second shooting. Jail records show he remains in the Indio jail in lieu of $1 million bail awaiting his arraignment scheduled for Friday.
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