LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Two documented gang members have been charged with murdering a 38-year-old bystander in Canoga Park, officials said Friday.

According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Ariel Baker Paniagua Jr., 22, of Canoga Park, and Hubaldo Martinez, 24, of Northridge, each face one count of murder and shooting at an occupied motor vehicle.

Paniagua Jr. and Martinez also face three counts each of attempted willful, deliberate and premeditated murder.

Both Bryant Street gang members were arrested on Tuesday. They entered not guilty pleas during an arraignment on Thursday.

According to prosecutors, Eduardo Rebolledo was struck by a stray bullet as he sat in his car on Oct. 6.

A preliminary investigation revealed Paniagua Jr. and Martinez allegedly fired at three rival gang members who were driving in front of them when Rebolledo was struck by gunfire.

Paniagua Jr. is being held on $5.3 million bail and faces more than 180 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged. Martinez is being held on more than $5 million and faces more than 170 years to life in prison.

Both are scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 27.


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