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Christmas Day Tragedies in Pasadena

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Victor McClinton (left)/ Tracey Ongtan (right)

A woman and a boy were killed when their vehicle was hit by an SUV being chased by Pasadena police on Christmas. Two alleged gang members have been charged with murder. Police are now trying to determine if that incident is related to the fatal shooting of a beloved youth sports coach earlier that day.

 

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PASADENA, Calif. — A reputed gang member was charged Wednesday with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a neighborhood coach who was caught in the crossfire during a car-to-car shooting on Christmas Day.  Mary Beth McDade has the latest on today’s developments.

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.

PASADENA, Calif. (KTLA) — Hundreds of residents joined local leaders in Pasadena on Sunday for an emotional rally calling for an end to violence.

The rally at All Saints Episcopal Church came in the wake of the fatal shooting of longtime youth sports coach and community activist Victor McClinton on Christmas Day.

Later that same day, two family members were killed when their minivan was hit by an SUV being pursued by Pasadena police.

Organizers intended the rally as “a large show of peace, unity and strength against the recent shootings and violence in Pasadena,” said William Boyer, a Pasadena public information officer.

The rally was not a city event, but Pasadena police did provide traffic control.

Some of the speakers included Rev. Ed Bacon of All Saints, Pastor Jean Burch of Community Bible Church, Pastor Kerwin Manning of Pasadena Church, and community leaders William Syms and Porfirio Frausto.

They encouraged Pasadena residents to take a more active role in promoting peace.

Senior officers from the Pasadena Police Department and the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Altadena Station also spoke.

McClinton, 49, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department technician, died outside his home in the 1900 block of Newport Avenue, near Wyoming Street.

A second man, who may have been the target of the drive-by shooting, was wounded by gunfire, according to police.

McClinton founded the Brotherhood Community Youth Sports League nearly two decades ago and served as its volunteer director.

Meantime, two alleged gang members have been charged in connection with the crash that claimed the lives of Tracey Ongtan, 25, of Glendale, and Kendrick Ng, 11, of Daly City.

Officers began pursuing the suspect’s SUV after it ran a stop sign.

The vehicle also matched the description of a car possibly linked to the earlier shooting. Investigators are still trying to determine if the incidents are connected.

PASADENA, Calif. (KTLA) — Two alleged gang members who led police on a pursuit in Pasadena that ended in a fatal crash have been charged with murder, the L.A. County District Attorney’s office announced.

Darrell Lee Williams, 22, and Brittany Michelle Washington, 21, have each been charged with two counts of murder, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The complaint includes gang allegations against both defendants.

Williams was allegedly driving the Dodge Durango with Washington in the front passenger seat and two other people inside when it failed to stop for police.

But family members say  Williams claims that if police had not pursued him in an unmarked vehicle, he would have pulled over immediately.

According to Pasadena police, the SUV ran a stop sign.

It also matched the description of a vehicle possibly connected to a fatal shooting in Pasadena earlier in the day.

A brief, high-speed chase ensued, ending when the SUV slammed into a minivan near the 210 Freeway ramp and Marengo Avenue.

Two passengers in the minivan — Tracey Ongtan, 25, of Glendale, and Kendrick Ng, 11, from Daly City — were killed upon impact.

Three others who were inside the van were seriously injured.

Prosecutors declined to charge two passengers riding in the fleeing SUV.

If convicted, Williams and Washington each face up to life in state prison.

Police are continuing to investigate a possible link between the suspects and the shooting death of 49-year-old Victor McClinton on Christmas morning.

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department employee and volunteer youth sports coach was shot and killed outside his home in the 1900 block of Newport Avenue.

It’s not believed that McClinton was the intended target.

Another man, 24-year-old Damian Taylor was wounded in the shooting.

Police say he is a known Pasadena gang associate.

PASADENA, Calif. (KTLA) — Two alleged gang members who led police on a pursuit in Pasadena that ended in a fatal crash have been charged with murder, the L.A. County District Attorney’s office announced.

Darrell Lee Williams, 22, and Brittany Michelle Washington, 21, have each been charged with two counts of murder, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The complaint includes gang allegations against both defendants.

But family members of the suspects say the public doesn’t know the whole story.

Elizabeth Espinosa has more on the charges and reaction from family members.

PASADENA, Calif. (KTLA) — Hundreds gathered Thursday night in Pasadena to remember Victor McClinton, a youth sports coach gunned down in front of his home on Christmas morning.

McClinton, 49, an L.A. County Sheriff’s Department lab technician, was also a beloved father and mentor.

“Victor was family,” said friend Robin Quintanilla, holding back tears. “You hear about this, you watch it on TV shows and then it happens to somebody you know.”

She is one of thousands McClinton touched the lives of during his nearly 20 years of volunteering in youth sports leagues.

“He was there for my graduation from high school, and he followed up with me during college,” she recalled. “Even after I graduated, he wanted to know what I was involved in.”

Pasadena police are trying to determine if a nearby fatal pursuit of four gang members later that same day had anything to do with McClinton’s death.

Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said that detectives have been working around the clock following leads.

pasadena-carouselPASADENA, Calif. (KTLA) — The murder of a youth sports coach in Pasadena may be connected to a Christmas night police pursuit that ended with the deaths of two people.

Victor McClinton, 49, an L.A. County Sheriff’s Department lab technician and beloved kids sports coach, was gunned down in front of his home.

It happened around 11 a.m. in the 1900 block of Newport Avenue, according to Pasadena police.

Another man, 24-year-old Damian Taylor, was wounded in the shooting. Police said he is a known Pasadena gang associate.

It’s not believed that Taylor had any connection to McClinton, except that they were in the same general area when the shooting happened.

Later that same day, a Glendale woman and her young relative were killed when four gang members being pursued by Pasadena police smashed their SUV into the family’s minivan.

Inside the minivan were a mother, father, their two young children and their niece.

The 26-year-old niece, Tracey Ong Tan, of Glendale, and an 11-year-old boy died in the crash. The three other family members were seriously injured.

The suspects were identified as Jayda Mays, 18, of Pasadena, Brittany Washington, 21, of Los Angeles, Darrell Williams, 22, of Pasadena and Damauria Hannah, 22, of Pasadena.

They were arrested on suspicion of murder. Police said Williams was the driver, and they are all gang members.

Investigators are now trying to determine if the pursuit was related to the deadly shooting earlier in the day.

“We had a murder earlier at about 11 o’clock on Christmas Day. As a result of that murder, I made the decision to increase patrols in the area,” said Pasadena police Chief Phillip Sanchez.

Those patrols spotted the SUV, a silver Dodge Durango, which they thought might be connected to the earlier crime.

Officers tried to stop the vehicle around 8 p.m. Tuesday after it ran a stop sign on Marango Avenue.

“We tried to initiate a traffic stop, the driver of the vehicle elected to evade, failed to yield to the officers’ command, threw a loaded firearm out of the car,” Sanchez related.

That gun is now being examined to see if it can be linked to the murder of Victor McClinton.

Meantime, a growing memorial has been set up outside McClinton’s home. He was an 18-year veteran of the sheriff’s department.

Friends and neighbors say he was a loving father and husband, and a great humanitarian who devoted his life to helping the youth.

PASADENA, Calif. (KTLA) — A woman and an 11-year-old boy were killed in a crash with a vehicle being chased by police in Pasadena on Christmas.

The pursuit began around 8 p.m. after officers tried to stop an SUV for running a stop sign at Claremont Street and Marengo Avenue.

The SUV sped off, and police gave chase. The suspect vehicle ran a red light at Marengo and Maple Street, plowing into a minivan carrying five people.

A 26-year-old woman and a boy were killed. Authorities said they may have been cousins. The three other people were taken to the hospital.

Police said four of the five people in the minivan were from San Francisco and were visiting relatives in Southern California for Christmas.

Four people who were in the SUV were treated at the hosptial for moderate injuries.

According to police, they would not say who the driver was, so all four were arrested and booked for murder.

The suspects have been identified as Jayda Mays, 18, Brittany Washington, 21, Darrell Williams, 22, and Demauria Hannah, 22.

Their SUV matched the description of a vehicle related to an earlier fatal shooting in Pasadena, but police were not sure if the two incidents were connected.

That shooting happened around 11 a.m. in the 1900 block of Newport Avenue, near Wyoming Street. It left a red sedan riddle with bullet holes.

The victim, 49-year-old Victor McClinton, was a sheriff’s law enforcement technician who had been with the department for 18 years.

Police do not believe that McClinton was the intended target. Another man in his 20s was wounded and listed in critical condition.

Two people were killed in a crash during a police pursuit in Pasadena on Christmas. KTLA’s Stefan Chase has details from the scene of the crash.

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