Victor McClinton, a 49-year-old black man, was fatally shot Tuesday, Dec. 25, in the 1900 block of Newport Avenue in Pasadena, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
McClinton, a well-known director of a Pasadena youth sports program, was struck by stray bullets Christmas morning as he walked a fellow coach to his car outside his home, Pasadena police said.
A gang member suspected of shooting McClinton was charged with murder Jan. 2.
Larry Darnell Bishop, a 20-year-old black man, faces one count of attempted murder, two counts of shooting at an occupied home and possession of a firearm by a felon, and an enhancement for personal discharge of a handgun, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said in a statement.
Prosecutors have yet to decide whether to seek the death penalty for Bishop, who has two prior felony convictions for commercial burglaries in San Bernardino County.
Authorities believe the intended target of the bullets was a gang member, Damion Taylor, 24, who was struck and wounded by gunfire. He crashed his car into a light pole after being hit.
McClinton, an 18-year law enforcement technician who served as volunteer director of Brotherhood Community Youth Sports League, was a well-liked figure in Pasadena and foothill communities. Hundreds attended a peace rally for McClinton on the steps of Pasadena City Hall.
Prosecutors are also alleging special circumstances on the murder charge, including discharging a firearm from a vehicle and killing to further gang activity. Gary Aurthur Davis, a 20-year-old black man, is charged in the same complaint with being an accessory after the fact.
Both are expected to make a court appearance at the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Jan. 23.
Anyone with additional information about the case is asked to contact the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
— Adolfo Flores