Man Charged After Accidental Shooting at Tarzana Hiking Trail Leaves 24-Year-Old Woman Dead: DA’s Office

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A 20-year-old man pleaded not guilty to charges including involuntary manslaughter in connection to an accidental shooting that left his 24-year-old friend dead, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

Heriberto Gonzalez, also known as Kirby, was charged Wednesday with a felony count of involuntary manslaughter and unlawful firearm activity, along with two felony counts of discharge with gross negligence, according to a DA’s news release.

He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle in a city and carrying a loaded firearm in one’s person in a city, the release stated.

Gonzalez is accused of fatally shooting 24-year-old Angela Hernandez at a hiking trail in Tarzana on Sunday. The defendant had gone with a group of friends to a trail near Vanalden Avenue, allegedly to shoot a handgun, prosecutors said.

The group returned to the car, and at that time, Gonzalez allegedly discharged the firearm accidentally. Hernandez, who was sitting in the front passenger seat of the car, was hit by the gunfire and died, according to the release.

Gonzalez faces more than 4 years in state prison if convicted on the charges, prosecutors said.

His bail was recommended at $35,000.