‘MySpace’ Details May Have Led to Fatal Party Shooting
By Melissa MacBride
Police Search for At-Large Shooter
ALTA LOMA, July 22, 2007 (KABC-TV) – A party to celebrate a big occasion takes a tragic turn when a gunman opens fire, killing one and injuring four others. Deputies believe the shooter may have found out about the party on MySpace.com.
They saw a large group of people in the street screaming that they had been shot. They did find one 18-year-old black male down in the middle of the street. He had been shot, and he was pronounced dead,” said Cindy Beavers, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dept.
“We heard three at first, and she goes, ‘Oh, they’re fireworks,’ and then I heard more, and I was like, ‘Those aren’t fireworks,'” said neighbor Melanie Finder.
“It was really scary. We saw the flashes from the guns and all we did was run inside,” said neighbor Erica Elliott.
Neighbors say the girl having the party was celebrating her acceptance into college. She informed the neighborhood that she was going to have a party, but neighbors say things got out of hand very quickly.
Teens in the neighborhood say the party was posted on MySpace. Authorities say the deadly shooting may be gang-related.
“The suspects arrived at the party and began shooting. They were not invited,” said Beavers.
Long-time neighbors say they have never witnessed such a violent crime where they live.
“We have lived in this neighborhood for 31 years and this is the first time anything has happened that even was of this magnitude,” said neighbor Elaine England.
“It was pretty scary. We don’t get that in this Alta Loma neighborhood at all,” said neighbor Lynn Perry.
Investigators don’t know a motive for the shooting, and they’re looking for the gunman who turned a celebration into the biggest tragedy one neighborhood has ever known.
With the investigation continuing, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with information to call them.
You can remain anonymous by calling the WE-TIP hotline: 1-800-78-CRIME.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. — A teenager was shot to death and four others were wounded, two critically, when gang members apparently showed up for a going-away party advertised on the Web.
The Saturday night apartment gathering was planned as a celebration for someone who is headed off to college, but about 100 people showed up, said Cindy Beavers of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. The party was advertised on the MySpace.com social networking Web site.
Father held in shooting death of 23-month-old
A Utah man visiting relatives in Chino was arrested on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter Saturday in connection with the shooting death of his 23-month-old son.
Salt Lake City-area resident Jose Silva, 26, was booked at the West Valley Detention Center in the death of Anthony Silva, who was just three weeks short of his second birthday.
Officers responding to a 911 call about 8:15 a.m. in the 13000 block of 3rd Street found the toddler shot in the head in the seat of a parked sport utility vehicle. Police said his father was standing behind the SUV showing a handgun to relatives when it accidentally went off. The boy was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Parolee caught using GPS
Article Launched: 07/28/2007 12:00:00 AM PDT
SAN BERNARDINO – A San Bernardino parolee suspected in five armed robberies has been captured with the use of a satellite-tracking device.Police booked Armando Hernandez, 27, into West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga Thursday on suspicion of robbery. Police said Hernandez committed four robberies along Kendall Drive late Wednesday afternoon and one earlier in the day.
Investigators working with state parole agents found Hernandez because he had a Global Positioning System bracelet on his leg under a pilot program, Veritracks, that’s catching interest around the state.
“It’s a very valuable tool,” said San Bernardino police Lt. Scott Paterson.
Veritracks was launched by state parole last year and targeted certain parolees, including sex offenders, murderers and other violent offenders, Paterson said. Numerous cities in San Bernardino County use the program, and the city of San Bernardino is attempting to gain more funding to expand it to more parolees.
Similar to house-arrest bracelets, these parole-issued devices track a parolee’s present location and where they’ve been.
When authorities identified Hernandez as the suspect in the robberies, they tracked the man’s
GPS signal to his home. Officers were on their way when they noticed Hernandez left the house and headed to a motel on Ostrems Way, Paterson said.Police recovered a gun they said the man tossed out his car window on the way to the motel.
Police believe they might link Hernandez to other robberies with the help of the tracking device.
DEA shuts down dispensary
Patients and employees protest
Article Launched: 07/18/2007 12:08:06 AM PDT
CORONA – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration raided and closed down a medical-marijuana dispensary here as protesters rallied outside Tuesday morning.
Federal agents served search warrants at about 6 a.m. at the Healing Nations Collective dispensary, at the owner’s Corona house, and at a Norco storage locker in his name, said DEA spokeswoman Sarah Pullen.
Ronald Naulls was arrested at 6:10 a.m. on suspicion of marijuana distribution
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