An 18-year-old Anaheim man charged in a shooting of a 17-year-old friend now faces upgraded charges of murder because the victim died from his wounds Thursday.
Zachary Pickrell is charged with attempted murder with a sentencing enhancement for attempted premeditated murder and the personal use of a firearm. He was scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 24 in the jail courtroom in Santa Ana.
Pickrell is accused of killing Ashton Arauz of Anaheim.
Police were called to a residence in the 1700 block of North Holbrook Street about 9:20 p.m. Sunday after it was reported the victim was shot, Anaheim Police Department Sgt. Shane Carringer said.
Officers found the teen in the residence and rushed him to a hospital, Carringer said. He was pronounced dead Thursday morning, said Carringer, who declined to identify the victim.
Pickrell said he was a friend of the teen’s and that they were the victim of a drive-by shooting, Carringer said. Investigators concluded there had been no drive-by shooting and that Pickrell killed the victim, Carringer said.
The teen was on life-support in a hospital when Pickrell was booked on suspicion of attempted murder. Pickrell was being held on $1 million bail.
Police did not release what may have motivated the shooting.
According to a Go Fund Me page, Ashton was described by his brothers as a “wonderful kid, always so kind and loving towards his friends and family, especially his mother Janet.”
It added that he “loved to play sports, fashion, sneakers, playing video games with his friends, cook for his mom, make up his own music, and so much more.”
Ashton was a student at Esperanza High School, according to the Go Fund Me page.