2 to stand trial in gang-related shooting of Perris teen

By in Press Enterprise on August 26, 2017

By City News Service

A probationer and another man accused in a gang-related shooting that wounded a Perris teenager must stand trial for attempted murder and other charges, a judge ruled Friday.

Lawrence Fitzgerald Henderson, 27, and Christopher Devon Johnson, 22, were arrested in May after the attack near Eaton Memorial Park in Perris.

Following a preliminary hearing at the Riverside Hall of Justice, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Bernard Schwartz found there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial for both men on the attempted murder count, as well as sentence-enhancing gang activity and great bodily injury allegations.

Schwartz scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment for Sept. 11 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

Each defendant is being held in lieu of $1 million bail — Henderson at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta, and Johnson at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Rob Roggeveen, on the afternoon of May 3, the victim, identified only as a male juvenile, was walking with a girl on Morgan Street when Henderson and Johnson are accused of pulling alongside them in a maroon Jaguar.

Roggeveen said the defendants accosted the teens, making comments — the nature of which weren’t disclosed — that elicited a response from the boy, at which point one of the defendants is accused of leveling a semi-automatic handgun at the victim, firing once and hitting the youth.

Deputies arrived moments later and had the boy taken to Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley for treatment of a non-life-threatening injury, then began collecting evidence and canvassing the area, the sergeant said.

About four hours after the attack, Henderson and Johnson were located in the Jaguar on Redlands Avenue, near Paragon Park, where they were arrested without incident, Roggeveen said.

According to court records, Johnson has prior convictions for spousal abuse and making criminal threats. Henderson has no […]    

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