PASADENA (CBSLA.com) — A 20-year-old reputed gang member was charged with murder and other counts Wednesday in the Christmas Day killing of a veteran Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department employee and youth advocate in Pasadena.
Larry Darnell Bishop Jr. was charged with one count of murder with the special circumstances of discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle and murder to further a criminal street gang in connection to a car-to-car shooting that took the life of 49-year-old Victor McClinton.
McClinton, who was a law enforcement technician for 18 years and a well-known Pasadena athletics director, was walking another coach to his car when he was fatally shot around 11 a.m. Dec. 25 at the front of his home in the 1900 block of Newport Avenue.
24-year-old Damion Taylor, Bishop’s reported target who was driving a red car, was also struck by gunfire, but he survived.
Bishop was also charged with one count of attempted murder for wounding Taylor, two counts of shooting at an inhabited dwelling and possession of a firearm by a felon.
The suspect, who was ordered to remain jailed without bail, is expected to be arraigned Jan. 23.
Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty for Bishop, who was convicted of two felony commercial burglaries in San Bernardino County.
A second suspect, 20-year-old Gary Aurthur Davis, was charged as an accessory after the fact. He is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 23.
Officials said there is no evidence that McClinton’s shooting is related to a police pursuit and crash in Pasadena that killed two cousins that same day.