Corona movie theater shooting: Suspect Joseph Jimenez, 20, charged with murder, attempted murder

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Friday, July 30, 2021
Corona movie theater shooting suspect charged with murder
The 20-year-old man accused of randomly shooting two people, leaving an 18-year-old dead, inside a Corona movie theater was charged with murder and attempted murder on Friday.

CORONA, Calif. (KABC) -- The 20-year-old man accused of randomly shooting two people inside a Corona movie theater, leaving an 18-year-old dead and a 19-year-old on life support, has been charged in the case.

Joseph Jimenez has been charged with one count of murder with a sentencing enhancement of personal use of a firearm causing death and one count of attempted murder with a sentencing enhancement of personally inflicting great bodily injury and a sentencing enhancement of personal use of a firearm causing great bodily injury.

The Riverside County District Attorney's Office has also filed a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait.

Rylee Goodrich, 18, and Anthony Barajas, 19, were at a showing of "The Forever Purge" at the theater on Monday when they were shot, police said. The teens are friends and went to watch the movie together, investigators said. Theater staff found them with gunshot wounds after the movie.

The two victims had been shot in the head, according to the DA's charging documents.

Goodrich died at the scene, and Barajas, a well-known TikTok user, remained on life support at a hospital as of Friday.

Jimenez was arrested at his home in El Cerrito Tuesday. He was booked on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and robbery, and is being held on $2 million bail. He made his first court appearance Friday afternoon. His arraignment was continued until Aug. 5.

After a shooting at a Corona movie theater that left a woman dead and a well-known TikTok user on life support, police searched the suspect's home and found a firearm and a wallet belonging to one of the victims.

When searching Jimenez's home, police found a firearm that "matched the caliber of the weapon used in the murder" and a wallet belonging to one of the victims, authorities said. Jimenez did have a movie ticket to "The Forever Purge" showing that the victims attended, investigators said.

Officials say it appears the deadly shooting was unprovoked, and there was no indication he knew the victims. Authorities also said no one involved in the crime had gang affiliations.

A number of vigils for the victims were scheduled to be held -- two on Friday at Mater Dei High School in Orange County and New Beginnings Community Church in Norco, and another on Saturday at the theater where the shooting took place.

GoFundMe pages have been set up for Goodrich and Barajas.