PASADENA, Calif. (KTLA) — A reputed gang member was charged Wednesday with the murder of a youth coach caught in the crossfire during a car-to-car shooting on Christmas Day.
Larry Darnell Bishop Jr., 20, of Chino was charged with one count of murder with the special circumstances of discharging a firearm from a vehicle and murder to further a criminal street gang.
Victor McClinton, 49, was gunned down around 11 a.m. on Dec. 25 in his front yard in the 1900 block of Newport Avenue.
According to authorities, McClinton, who worked as a technician for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, was an innocent bystander with no gang ties.
Bishop is also charged with the attempted murder of a driver who crashed his vehicle into a light pole after he sustained a gunshot wound.
Police say that the driver, 24-year-old Damion Taylor, is a known gang associate.
Bishop, who was arrested on Friday, faces two additional counts of shooting at an inhabited building and possession of a firearm by a felon. He remains jailed without bail.
A second suspect, Gary Aurthur Davis, 20, is charged in the same incident as being an accessory after the fact. His bail has been set at $1 million.
There is no evidence at this time that McClinton’s death is related to a brief high-speed car chase that killed two people in the same area hours later. Police are still investigating both incidents.
Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty for Bishop, who was convicted of two felony commercial burglaries in San Bernardino County.