Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Attempted premeditated murder and other charges were filed Thursday against a parolee accused in a gang-related shooting in which a father and his teenage son were targeted while sitting in their car in Santa Ana.

The two were in the family car with the teen in the driver’s seat, waiting for his mother to come out of their residence, when the defendant did a “gang hit-up” on them, Deputy District Attorney Stephen Cornwell alleged.

The boy punched the gas and was speeding away when the defendant allegedly opened fire, Cornwell said. He said the three rounds that John Salgado, 31, of Santa Ana, allegedly fired struck the vehicle, including one bullet that burst through a rear-seat head rest and pierced the rearview mirror, barely missing the victims.

Salgado is accused of firing on the man and and his 16-year-old son — who escaped injury — about 9:45 p.m. on Jan. 6, according to Cornwell.

Salgado was arrested Tuesday at his home, where police found the gun allegedly used in the shooting, Cornwell said.

Investigators were able to track him down because the defendant, who had been placed on parole about six months ago, was wearing a GPS monitor on his ankle, Cornwell said.

Salgado could be facing a third-strike conviction if found guilty in this case, the prosecutor said.

Salgado is charged with two counts each of attempted premeditated murder, assault with a semiautomatic firearm, shooting at an occupied motor vehicle and possession of a firearm by a felon, and one count each of being a felon carrying a loaded firearm in public, and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person.

He also faces sentence-enhancement allegations of having two prior serious and violent felony strike convictions for assault with a deadly weapon for the benefit of a criminal street gang and second-degree robbery in 2007, as well as not remaining free of jail for five years or more after serving a prison sentence.

–City News Service 

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