A 45-year-old man suspected in a deadly restaurant shooting in Santa Ana has been released from custody as prosecutors asked investigators to work on the case more before charges are reconsidered, a police spokesman said Thursday.
Anastacio Castaneda of Santa Ana was released from custody Wednesday, according to jail records. Senior Deputy District Attorney Keith Burke asked detectives to do more investigation before he would consider filing charges, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
Meanwhile, 29-year-old Viyey Castaneda of Santa Ana — also booked on suspicion of murder in the shooting — remains hospitalized, Bertagna said.
They are suspected in the early Monday shooting at El Zocalo Mexican Grill and Seafood, 301 N. Tustin Ave., that killed 32-year-old Jose De Jesus Mendoza Maria of Los Angeles.
Police were called about 12:45 a.m. to the eatery, where a brawl in the men’s room led to the gunfire, according to Bertagna.
It was unclear what sparked the conflict, he said.
At some point during the fight, someone fired multiple rounds from a handgun, Bertagna said. Anastacio Castaneda was wounded by one of the bullets and another man suffered a graze wound, he said.
Anastacio Castaneda was treated for the bullet wound and released from an area hospital, Bertagna said.
Viyey Castaneda tried to run away and was disarmed by a security guard wielding a fire extinguisher, Bertagna said. Patrons helped the guard apprehend him, who suffered head wounds, but is expected to recover, Bertagna said.
— City News Service