A 23-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a Moreno Valley resident during a confrontation at a home on the south end of the city made his initial court appearance Thursday.
Angel Carlos Mendoza of Moreno Valley was arrested Sunday following a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department investigation into the attack in the 24800 block of Heil Drive, near Inlet Street.
Mendoza is charged with murder and sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations. He appeared before Superior Court Judge Gail O’Rane, who appointed him a public defender and scheduled his arraignment for May 20 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
The judge additionally ordered the defendant held on $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Carroll, about 4 p.m. Saturday, Mendoza 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.” Coroner’s officials were expected to release his full name anytime.
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 Sunday morning, according to the sergeant.
A possible motive for the shooting has not been disclosed.
The defendant has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.
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