Attempted murder and other charges were filed Thursday against a 20-year-old man suspected in a drive-by shooting at a Desert Hot Springs skate park that left a teenager wounded.
Jelani Arman Wooten of Desert Hot Springs was arrested near the scene of the Tuesday afternoon shooting at Tedesco Park, where he allegedly fired at random, wounding a 16-year-old boy once in the shoulder and nearly striking another person, according to police Chief Jim Henson.
Wooten is charged with two counts each of attempted murder, assault with a semi-automatic firearm and discharging a firearm from a vehicle. He additionally faces several gun-related sentence-enhancing allegations.
The defendant could be sentenced to 59 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged, according to John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.
Wooten, who remains jailed at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning in lieu of $1 million bail, is scheduled to be arraigned Friday via video conference from lockup before a judge at the Banning Justice Center.
Police were called to the skate park at the north end of Tedesco Park, 12800 West Arroyo, about 2 p.m. in response to a report of a gunshot victim and found the wounded boy, whose name was not released. He was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs for treatment.
A vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description was tracked down near the park, where two men and a minor were detained, police said. Only Wooten has been charged thus far, although the investigation remains active, Henson said.
A motive for the shooting was not disclosed.
Wooten has no documented felony or misdemeanor convictions in Riverside County.