A 24-year-old felon was charged Wednesday with an allegedly gang-related, drive-by fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man in Santa Ana.
Edgar Macias Martinez was charged with murder with special circumstance allegations of a drive-by shooting and murder for the benefit of a gang. He was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, along with sentencing enhancements for discharge of a firearm causing death and committing an offense while released from custody.
Martinez is accused of killing 20-year-old Alex Ruiz of Garden Grove.
Officers were dispatched just before 3:20 p.m. Monday to the shooting report in the 1700 block of North Spurgeon Street, police said. When officers arrived they found Ruiz, who was shot in the upper chest area and taken to an area hospital in critical condition, but was later pronounced dead, police said.
Surveillance video led police to Martinez, police said.
Martinez was out on bail on a felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon and a prohibited person owning ammunition as well as bringing or sending drugs into jail, according to court records.
He pleaded guilty in April of last year to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Martinez pleaded guilty in February of 2017 to participating in gang activity and conspiracy to commit assault with a semiautomatic firearm with a sentencing enhancement for gang activity. When he was 17 he was convicted in juvenile court of robbery in May of 2015, according to court records.