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Third person arrested in connection to fatal Valley Center shooting of documented gang member

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VISTA (KUSI) — 8/10/2017 — A third person has been arrested on suspicion of taking part in the slaying of a 29-year-old man in front of Valley Center Library last winter, authorities reported Thursday.

Sandra Guadalupe Garcia, 22, allegedly was involved in the fatal shooting of documented gang member Jose Ortiz in the 29000 block of Cole Grade Road, according to sheriff's officials.

Two other members of a North County street gang — a different one than that of the victim — have been charged with murder in connection with the slaying. All three were acquainted with Ortiz, Lt. Kenn Nelson said.

Like Garcia, Guillermo Bravo, 20, and 21-year-old Jonathan Gonzalez were in jail on unrelated charges when they were arrested in the homicide case. Officials have declined to disclose the role that any of them allegedly played in the Feb. 27 killing.

Shortly after 7 a.m. that day, deputies responding to a report of a fight found Ortiz, a transient, mortally wounded inside his parked Honda Accord, according to sheriff's officials. He died at the scene of the shooting.

Following the gunfire, the shooter fled along with several cohorts in an older-model white car with a black driver's-side door. The vehicle has been located and impounded as evidence, the lieutenant said.

The slaying apparently stemmed from a prior argument, according to Nelson, who declined to elaborate. Investigators are still looking for outstanding "persons of interest'' in the case, he noted.

At the time of her arrest in connection with the fatal shooting, Garcia, an Escondido resident, was in custody on various drug and theft charges. She is scheduled to be arraigned on a murder count Friday afternoon.

8/9/2017 — Murder charges were filed against two documented gang members accused of involvement in the fatal shooting of a man in front of the Valley Center Library last winter, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Jonathan Gonzalez, 21, is charged with murder and an allegation that he personally used a firearm in the Feb. 27 assault on 29-year-old Jose Ortiz.

Guillermo Bravo, 20, is charged with murder and an allegation that he was vicariously armed during the incident in the 29000 block of Cole Grade Road. Both defendants are being held on $1 million bail.

Deputies responding to a report of a group fight shortly after 7 a.m. that day found Ortiz -- a transient who also was a known gang member -- mortally wounded inside his parked Honda Accord, according to sheriff's officials. He died at the scene.

Following the gunfire, the shooter fled along with several cohorts in an older-model white car with a black driver's-side door, Lt. Kenneth Nelson said.

The slaying apparently stemmed from an argument, according to Nelson, who declined to elaborate. Investigators are still looking for outstanding "persons of interest'' in the case, he said.

The victim and suspects were in different gangs, the lieutenant said.

At the time of their arrests in connection with the fatal shooting, Bravo was in jail on suspicion of illegally owning ammunition, and Gonzalez was behind bars on an auto-theft charge.

Gonzalez and Bravo will be back in court Aug. 15 for a readiness conference and Aug. 17 for a preliminary hearing.

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