A murder charge was filed Wednesday against a 23-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a Moreno Valley resident during a confrontation at a home on the south side of the city.
Angel Carlos Mendoza of Moreno Valley was arrested Sunday following a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department investigation into the attack that occurred about 4 p.m. the previous day in the 24800 block of Heil Drive, near Inlet Street.
Along with murder, Mendoza is charged with sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations. He’s being held without bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside and is slated to make his initial court appearance Thursday at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Carroll, the defendant was at the Heil Drive residence when he was involved in an unspecified dispute with the victim, identified in court documents only as “M.G.” Investigators allege that Mendoza pulled a handgun and shot the man several times.
Witnesses called 911, and patrol deputies reached the location within a few minutes. According to Carroll, the unconscious victim was taken to nearby Riverside University Medical Center, where he died that evening.
Mendoza was not at the house when law enforcement arrived. However, detectives quickly identified him as the alleged shooter, and he was taken into custody without incident on Hemlock Avenue in the predawn hours Sunday, Carroll said.
A possible motive for the shooting was not disclosed.
Mendoza has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.
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