3 arrested for attempted murder of a homeless man
Three people have been arrested in connection with the attempted murder of a homeless man on the Venice Beach boardwalk late last month, followed by an allegedly intentional vehicle fire, officials said on Friday.
At approximately 4:30 a.m. on April 28, a shooting took place near Block 600 of the Ocean Front Walk, according to a press release from the Los Angeles Police Department.
The gunman approached the victim, identified only as a homeless person, pointed a semi-automatic handgun at him and fired three times, the LAPD said. As the victim walked away, the suspect shot him a fourth time.
Then the gunman and two people described as accomplices entered a 2020 Jeep Compass and fled south on Speedway Avenue.
The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
About 15 minutes later, local residents called 911 to report a vehicle fire in a back alley near the 1200 block of Palms Avenue. The City of Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and found a 2020 Jeep Compass completely engulfed in flames.
The suspects involved in the shooting were reportedly seen fleeing the blaze, police said.
Detectives enlisted the help of LAFD arson investigators, who then determined that the Jeep Compass had been intentionally set on fire.
Investigators then identified the suspects in the shooting as Nichalous Reynolds, 33 from Los Angeles, Blanca Marcela Lopez, 31 from Inglewood, and Amber Manchel, 27 from Los Angeles.
On May 17 and 18, investigators arrested Manchel in Venice and Reynolds and Lopez in Inglewood.
During Reynolds’ arrest, detectives discovered a gun, ammunition and “other evidence,” the LAPD said.
Detectives said they believed the shooting was gang related.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday charged Reynolds with one count of attempted murder, assault with a semi-automatic firearm, arson, igniting a destructive device and driving without the owner’s consent.
Lopez and Manchel have each been charged with one count of aiding and abetting attempted murder.
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