Two Adults and Juvenile Arrested in Connection to Fatal Drive-By Shooting of Santa Ana Man
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Police have arrested three suspects, two adults and a juvenile, in connection to a recent homicide in Santa Ana.
Police began an investigation after a man was admitted to the hospital in the early morning hours of Sunday, December 18, with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. The victim’s friend, who had driven him to the hospital, reportedly told medical staff that there was a second victim in a car on the 2100 block of South Main, police said.
Police responded to the area and located the victim, sitting in a car in a parking lot. Orange County Fire also responded, and ultimately pronounced the victim dead at the scene. Numerous cartridge casings were recovered at the scene, police said.
Detectives obtained and reviewed surveillance footage from the area, which reportedly showed a dark-colored pickup truck driving westbound on St. Gertrude Place just before the shooting. Detectives reportedly believe that the whole ordeal began when a group of people congregating in the 7-Eleven parking lot noticed three individuals spraypainting nearby and confronted them.
The three individuals fled and the rest returned to the parking lot. Moments later, the pickup reappeared and shots appeared to have been fired from the vehicle, police said. The occupants of the vehicle were soon identified as the primary suspects in the shooting. They are identified as Jesus Daniel Reyes (18), Adan Constantino Reyes (18), and a 17-year-old juvenile.
On Friday, December 23, the suspect vehicle was recovered after being located on the 2000 block of South Pacific Avenue. On January 25 of this year, law enforcement personnel from multiple area agencies served a search warrant at three locations associated with the suspects, and the suspects were arrested the same day.
Both Jesus and Constantino Reyes were later booked into the Orange County jail on suspicion of murder. Charges are reportedly pending for the juvenile suspect.