Man Found Guilty of Murder in Drive-by Shooting of 8-Year-Old Pomona Boy
A jury found a man guilty of murder in the 2017 shooting of an 8-year-old boy inside a Pomona home, officials announced Wednesday.
Sengchan Houl, 36, was accused of firing a gun from a vehicle at a residence in the 1100 block of West 11th Street on Feb. 20, 2017, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said. The incident happened around 6:30 p.m., according to police.
Jonah Hwang, 8, was struck and later died. The boy was with his parents visiting the home for a church dinner, authorities said.
His family described Hwang, who was adopted from an orphanage in Taiwan less than three years before his death, as a talented soccer player who loved attending church.
According to police, Houl previously shot at the home on Jan. 27 and then again on March 7 and March 25 after the fatal incident. Nobody was at the house at those times.
Officials believed Houl targeted the home but have not announced a motive. He was arrested in a vehicle outside his residence in the Pomona area, police said.
Jurors found Houl guilty of one count of first-degree murder, two counts each of shooting at an occupied dwelling and negligent discharge of a firearm, and one count of shooting from a vehicle.
He was scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 29. He was facing life in prison without the possibility of parole.