POMONA (CBSLA.com) — Investigators believe a man arrested on suspicion of the drive-by shooting death of an 8-year-old boy in a Pomona residence targeted the same location several times since January, but police say they aren’t sure why.
Sengchan Houl, 35, was arrested about 11:40 a.m. Sunday and booked on suspicion of murder in the death of Jonah Hwang, who was killed on Feb. 20 in the 1100 block of West 11th Street.
According to police, Sengchan Houl was arrested without incident on Sunday. He is being held in lieu of $2 million bail at the Pomona City Jail.
Houl is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Tuesday.
Pomona police Chief Paul Capraro told reporters At a news conference Monday a total of four shootings have occurred at the home since January, the most recent on Saturday about 7:15 a.m.
“On three of the shootings, the house was unoccupied,” Capraro said. “Evidence suggests that all four of these shootings are related.”
Jonah Hwang, 8, was shot and killed on Feb. 20 in a home located in the 1100 block of West 11th Street.
Police said Houl is suspected of firing the bullet that claimed Hwang’s life.
Capraro said he didn’t know how long the family had been living at the home, but he believes they are the original owners of the house. They have since moved out.
“If they’re the original owners, it obviously couldn’t have been something that happened prior to them,” he said.
Anyone with information about this case has been urged to contact the Pomona Police Department’s Homicide Bureau at (909) 620-2095.
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