The shootings happened right outside a Taqueria De Anda location on the corner of McFadden Ave. and Bristol St. in south Santa Ana. Police say a group of six young men had just exited their car when they were confronted by known gang members.
"They asked them their gang affiliation," said Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. "When they told them they weren't involved in any gangs, they informed the individuals that this was their territory, they didn't want them there."
Bertagna said the group was prepared to leave the restaurant when the confrontation with the gang members escalated.
"Then a fistfight breaks out and that's when one of the suspects from the periphery pulls out a handgun and shoots into the crowd, striking two of the individuals," said Bertagna.
Santa Ana resident Jose Miguel Quiroz was shot several times and pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the 22-year-old victim had no gang affiliation.
Another young man in his group was shot in the back, but is expected to survive. Police would not release his identity.
At least two suspects were arrested that night.
"We had two officers that were in the area, they heard the gunshot, they see multiple suspects fleeing the scene, they give chase, they arrest two of those individuals," said Bertagna. "Those were two of the suspects that we have in custody."
Two suspects were arrested the morning of the shooting. Another turned himself in Monday. Those three are in custody and police are still looking for two more.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the Santa Ana Police Department at (714) 245-8648.