A young man accused of gunning down an 18-year-old woman and wounding an 18-year-old man inside a Corona movie theater was in custody Wednesday without bail.
Joseph Jimenez, 20, of Corona was arrested Tuesday night and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.
The shooting was reported at 11:45 p.m. Monday at the Regal Edwards Corona Crossings at 2650 Tuscany St., according to the Corona Police Department.
Police said Wednesday that a motive remained unclear, and that the attack appeared to be unprovoked. Arriving officers found the pair of Corona residents suffering from gunshot wounds in one of the theaters.
Rylee Goodrich was pronounced dead at the scene. Anthony Barajas was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries described as life-threatening, and was placed on life support. His condition was unchanged as of Wednesday, police said.
Detectives used “witness statements” to identify Jimenez as a suspect and arrested him hours after the shooting. During a search of his home, police allegedly found a gun matching the caliber of the one used in the shooting.
Detectives determined that Goodrich and Barajas went to the theater together and were watching the 9:35 p.m. showing of “The Forever Purge” at the time of the shooting.
Detectives retrieved “items of evidentiary” from the scene, though no firearm was recovered, authorities said.
Anyone with information on the shooting was asked to call Detective Dan Neagu at 951-739-4916.
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