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Fontana man out on bail is arrested in Rialto drive-by shooting

By in Press Enterprise on November 21, 2017

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

A 20-year-old Fontana man has been charged with attempted murder in a drive-by shooting in Rialto on Nov. 8.

Police say Caleb Alexander Thomas shot at three people who were hanging out in a park area, but didn’t injure anyone. Thomas — who was out on bail at the time in an assault and burglary case, court records show — was arrested at his home late Wednesday, Nov. 15.

The motive is still under investigation, Rialto police Sgt. Cameron Nelson said Monday. It’s also not clear whether Thomas and the victims knew each other. Investigators are looking into all possibilities, Nelson said, including whether the shooting was gang-related, a case of mistaken identity or a random act.

Thomas was charged with three counts of attempted murder and three of discharging a firearm at a person from a vehicle, court records show. He pleaded not guilty Monday and remains in jail at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, with bail set at $2.5 million.

The shooting happened about 8:15 a.m. in the 400 block of West Jackson Street, Nelson said. Someone driving west down the street shot several times at the victims — two men and a teenage boy — then drove off.

Thomas also faces charges of assault with a firearm and felony burglary from a June incident, court records show. He pleaded not guilty in that case and posted $50,000 bond, then another $350,000 bond in August, court records show.

Nelson said police have no reason to believe that the Nov. 8 shooting was connected to a Nov. 19 shooting at another location in the same block of Jackson Street.

Staff writer Nikie Johnson contributed to this report.


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