A 41-year-old man was identified on Friday, Feb. 9, as the sixth victim of a deadly shooting during a scheduled meet-up for a marijuana deal in a remote area of the desert northwest of Victorville last month, authorities said.
Adrian Ochoa-Salgado, a resident of Llano — an unincorporated community located in Los Angeles County — was among five others found dead from gunshots about 4 miles from Highway 395 near Shadow Mountain Road on Jan. 23, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Four of the victims had also been set ablaze by their attackers, and one victim was found in a SUV that had been riddled by bullets, authorities said.
Five suspects were arrested on Jan. 28 on suspicion of murder and are being held without bail.
The other victims were identified as Baldemar Mondragon-Albarran, 34, of Adelanto; Franklin Noel Bonilla, 22, and Kevin Dariel Bonilla, 25, of Hesperia; Narcisco Sandoval, 47, of San Rafael and Jose Ruelas-Calderon, 45, of El Mirage.
Authorities have not said yet whether the killings were related to cartels, though Sheriff Shannon Dicus acknowledged during a late January press conference that organized crime was involved.
Source: Orange County Register