Anaheim Police Arrest Three for Halloween Drive-By Shooting

Anaheim Police Arrest Three for Halloween Drive-By Shooting
An AK-47-style rifle, allegedly used in a drive-by shooting, was discovered by police during the arrest of a suspect in Anaheim, Calif., on Dec. 17, 2020. (Courtesy of the Anaheim Police Department)
Jack Bradley

The Anaheim Police Department arrested three men on Dec. 17 for an alleged Halloween drive-by shooting outside a city strip club.

The suspects allegedly used an AK-47-style rifle to randomly shoot four people at the Sahara Theater club on South State College Boulevard at around 1:35 a.m. on Oct. 31 after being removed from the theater by security guards.

“They came back to shoot the place up after being kicked out because of their refusal to wear masks,” Anaheim Police Sgt. Shane Carringer told The Epoch Times.

Anaheim police arrested Edgar Nava-Ayala, 34, Juan Jose Acosta-Soto, 20, and Daniel Ocampo Nava, 22, in various parts of the city. All three suspects are Anaheim residents.

Police say that after being tossed out, the three returned to the club in a red Toyota Camry driven by Acosta-Soto. Nava-Ayala then produced the AK-47-style semi-automatic rifle and indiscriminately fired multiple rounds into the business, which was occupied by over 30 people at the time.

Carringer said that four victims—a mix of employees and customers—suffered minor to moderate gunshot wounds.

“The most severe injury was moderate, so they were all released from the hospital within a couple days,” Carringer said.

Following the incident, Anaheim Police Department Investigators worked to identify and locate the suspects. The arrests were made at different times on Dec. 17, after the investigators located the suspects in different parts of the city.

The AK-47 was recovered during one of the arrests.

The suspects have been booked at the Anaheim Detention Facility for multiple counts of attempted murder, with bail set at $500,000 for each.