Image via WikipediaLOS ANGELES -- A 19-year-old reputed gang member was charged today with capital murder after he allegedly opened fire on a group of teens waiting to play basketball at a Venice-area park, killing two and wounding a third.
Michael Anthony Mariscal, (dob 2-2-92), is scheduled to be arraigned after 1:30 p.m. at Airport Superior Court, Department 144, said Deputy District Attorney Alva Lin with the Hardcore Gang Division. He was charged in case SA078033 with two counts of capital murder with the special circumstances of multiple murder and to benefit a gang.
In addition, he was charged with three counts of attempted premeditated murder, one count of street terrorism and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.
Lin said the two victims, Salvador Diaz, 18, and Allan Mateo, 19, were sitting in bleachers in Penmar Park with a group of friends waiting to play basketball on June 22 when Mariscal allegedly walked up and made gang references.
Mariscal allegedly opened fire on the group of five teens, killing Diaz and Mateo and wounding a 17-year-old male in the leg. Two other teens managed to escape without injuries. The shooting occurred about 4 p.m. at the park located in the 1300 block of Lake Street.
The Culver City resident fled the scene but was arrested Tuesday following an investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department. He is being held without bail.
The special circumstances murder charges make this a potential death penalty case. Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty.