Rylee Goodrich, 18, and Anthony Barajas, 19, had been at a exhibiting of “The Forever Purge” at a movie theater in Corona, California, on Monday, police stated. The teenagers are associates and went to look at the movie collectively, in response to police. Theater employees discovered them with gunshot wounds after the movie, in response to police.
Goodrich died on the scene, and Barajas is on life help at a neighborhood hospital, police stated.
On Tuesday, police arrested Joseph Jimenez, 20, at his house in El Cerrito, an unincorporated space of Corona. Police searched the suspect’s house and located a firearm and extra proof associated to the movie theater crime scene, they stated.
“The firearm matched the caliber of the weapon used in the murder,” stated police in a press launch.
Jimenez is being held on $2 million bail and charged with homicide, tried homicide and theft. NCS has reached out to the Riverside County public defender’s workplace to find out if Jimenez has retained authorized illustration.
“The Forever Purge,” which debuted in theaters earlier this month, is the fifth movie in the “Purge” franchise. Each sequel is predicated on the premise that a totalitarian authorities has created one evening annually the place all the pieces, together with homicide, is authorized.
There had been fewer than 10 individuals in the theater the place Goodrich and Barajas had been shot, Corona Police Capt. Paul Mercado instructed NCS, but it has not been decided if the shooting occurred throughout or after the movie.
“They were shot in the head,” Corona Police Corporal Tobias Kouroubacalis instructed NCS in an e mail. “We will not know how many times or the exact entry point of the bullet(s) until the coroner performs their autopsies and writes their reports.”
NCS has contacted the theater for remark however has not heard again.
An unprovoked assault
Police imagine that that Jimenez, who had a movie ticket, did not know the victims and did not have any prior contact with them.
“It’s an unfortunate turn of events here,” stated Mercado. “The public here are really looking for a motive. Right now, there is no motive. It’s an unprovoked attack.”
Police stated that gadgets had been taken and “robbery is part of what happened during that crime,” however that they aren’t calling it a motive in the shooting, Kouroubacalis stated throughout a press convention held on Wednesday.
“We can’t imagine the significant amount of pain both the family and friends are feeling right now,” stated Kouroubacalis. “But we hope the suspect’s arrest will bring some relief knowing that he’s in jail now.”
He added that police imagine Jimenez acted alone.
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Jimenez is anticipated to seem earlier than a decide for arraignment in the subsequent couple days, in response to Kouroubacalis.
NCS’s Brian Lowry and Jessica Flynn contributed to this report.