Two shootings — one deadly — early Wednesday in Santa Ana appear to be the work of the same gang, a police spokesman said.
The first shots were fired during a failed carjacking about 1:30 a.m. at 511 E. Washington Ave., Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
One victim, whose name and age were not released, was in his car when a male on a bicycle attempted to open the driver’s side door, Bertagna said.
The suspect asked the man what gang he was associated with. When the victim responded that he had no gang ties, a group of four to eight other people approached the car from the rear and one of them opened fire, Bertagna said.
The victim, who was shot once, drove to St. Joseph Hospital of Orange, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the upper torso, Bertagna said. There was another bullet hole in the car, Bertagna added.
About 10 minutes later, police were called to a 7-Eleven convenience store at 302 E. 17th St., where a 36-year-old man was found shot in the parking lot, Bertagna said. That victim, whose name was not immediately released, was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:12 a.m., Bertagna added.
That victim, who was shot in the upper torso, was a documented gang member, Bertagna said.
The shootings “don’t have anything to tie them together other than it was two gun-related crimes in the same neighborhood in a short period of time,” Bertagna said.
“We believe it may be the same group of individuals on a crime spree,” Bertagna said.
There has been a rash of three gang-related murders since Friday, with two of the victims having no gang ties, but those incidents occurred in different gang territories and are not believed to be connected, Bertagna said.
Anyone with information about the shootings may be eligible for a reward. Detectives can be reached at (714) 245-8390. Orange County Crime Stoppers, which can be reached at (855) TIP-OCCS, will accept anonymous tips.
–City News Service