SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two suspected gang members were behind bars Monday, facing murder and assault charges in connection with a shooting that left a City Heights man dead and a neighbor of his wounded last fall.
Patrol officers responding to a report of a shooting during a social gathering at an apartment complex in the 4300 block of 54th Street found a 21-year-old woman suffering from a gunshot wound in a third-floor unit shortly before 4 a.m. Oct. 2, according to San Diego police.
Witnesses reported that the victim and a few friends were leaving the residence when several young men confronted them and tried to crash the party. After being told to leave, the intruders became belligerent.
"One of the males issued a gang challenge, and a fight ensued," SDPD Lt. Kevin Rooney said. "During the fight, a suspect pulled out a handgun and shot at the victim group. The (woman) was struck by one round, and the suspects fled."
As police were investigating the shooting, a resident of the complex informed them that a man was lying inside the front door of a first-floor unit, Rooney said. Officers went to that residence and found the renter, 29-year-old Aaron Robinson, dead in the apartment.
"The investigation revealed that the same (assailants) were responsible for both incidents," Rooney said.
Robinson had not been at the party and was shot at the entrance to his apartment, according to police.
Detectives eventually identified the alleged attackers as Laquan Antione Jordan, 20, and Darius Isaiah Peete, 19. Peete was already in custody for an unrelated alleged crime and was re-booked in connection with the shootings.
Detectives arrested Jordan shortly before 3:30 Monday morning in the 600 block of North Mollison Avenue in El Cajon.
Both suspects will face murder counts, and Jordan also is expected to be charged with assault with a deadly weapon, the lieutenant said.
The female victim has recovered from her gunshot wound, which was never considered life-threatening, according to Rooney.