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Two documented gang members were being held without bail Friday in connection with the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man in Desert Hot Springs in May 2021.

Casey William Gillespie, 20, of Desert Hot Springs, was charged last month with murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of being a convicted felon and narcotic addict possessing a firearm. He pleaded not guilty to all charges at his arraignment two weeks ago.

Isaac Garcia, 18, of Desert Hot Springs, was a juvenile at the time of the shooting and was being held without bail at juvenile hall, DHS police Detective Sgt. Christopher Saucier told City News Service. Garcia’s case was filed in juvenile court but is expected to be transferred to adult court, Saucier told CNS.

On May 28, 2021, police responded just after midnight to a call about a shooting in the 12600 block of Cactus Drive. Officers found Fernando Delgado Cardenas suffering from a gunshot wound. According to authorities, they performed life-saving measures on Cardenas but he later died at a hospital.

According to authorities, two other people in the vicinity were nearly struck by gunfire but escaped injury.

Gillespie was arrested June 16 and was being held at Blythe Jail without bail on suspicion of Cardenas’ murder. Garcia was arrested June 28, according to the police department.

It was unclear what led detectives to identify them as suspects.

A motive for the shooting was unknown, beyond being considered gang-related by the District Attorney’s Office. Saucier told CNS that Gillespie and Garcia are documented gang members but they did not know Cardenas, who was not a gang member.

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