Man Found Guilty of Murder in Drive-by Shooting of 8-Year-Old Pomona Boy

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Jonah Hwang is seen in an undated photo provided by his family on Feb. 21, 2017.

Jonah Hwang is seen in an undated photo provided by his family on Feb. 21, 2017.

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.

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