Dustin Sean Ross McDonald Met Trio for Possible Drug Deal Before Shooting Them: DA

Categories: 2014 Homicides

See Update No. 3 on Page 2 with OCDA filing charges and alleging the players in the triple shooting may have met up for a drug transaction. Update No. 2 is on the murder arrest. Update No. 1 identifies the fatal shooting victim.

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The condition of the two women was downgraded to critical this morning.

ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 13, 9:07 A.M.: A man in his 20s from Anaheim was killed and two women were injured late Tuesday when another man came up to a parked car they were sitting in and fired 10 to 12 shots at them, according to Santa Ana Police.

The shooting is believed to have happened on West East 12th Street just before 11:30 p.m., after which the red sedan the victims were in was driven by one of the women a short distance to North Main Street, which is where first responders found them.

The unidentified male passenger was killed, but the two women were taken to Western Medical Center in stable condition last night, according to Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna, the department spokesman.

The condition of the women--a 21-year-old from Santa Ana and a 26-year-old from Anaheim--was downgraded to critical this morning.

There was no description available of the man who shot them; after the shooting, he ran to a white SUV that had been parked behind the sedan when it was on 12th Street and drove the SUV away from the scene, said Bertagna, who believed the gunman was the lone occupant.

The shooting was not believed to be gang-related.

Courtesy of Santa Ana Police Department
Aaron Jonathan Chavez, R.I.P.
UPDATE NO. 1, AUG. 13, 1:27 P.M.: The man who was pronounced dead at the scene of last night's triple shooting in Santa Ana has been identified as 23-year-old Aaron Jonathan Chavez. Police gave as his resident city "Santa Ana/Anaheim."

Police also clarified the shooting location as 1200 North Main Street, making that the crossing with EAST 12th Street, not West 12th. That's near a mortuary on one side of Main and the Orange County Birth and Death Registration office on the other side.

The 21-year-old woman who was in the driver's seat of the sedan and the 26-year-old woman in a rear passenger seat sustained "multiple gunshot wounds to the upper torso," according to a Santa Ana Police update that adds: "Investigation is ongoing and details will be released as they become available."

Anyone with information that can help Santa Ana homicide detectives is asked to call them at 714.245.8390. Anonymous tips may be left with Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1.855.TIP.OCCS.

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