Third Man Charged in Fatal Shooting of Pasadena Coach, Sheriff's Department Tech

Victor McClinton was caught in the crossfire of a car-to-car shooting.

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    Victor McClinton was slain on Christmas Day when he was caught in the crossfire of a gang-related car-to-car shooting in Pasadena. On Wednesday, a third man was charged in connection with the fatal shooting.

    A third man was charged Wednesday with capital murder and other charges in the Christmas Day slaying of a beloved Pasadena athletics coach and a longtime Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department employee that was caught in the crossfire of a car-to-car shooting, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

    Reputed gang member Jerron Donald Harris, 25, was charged with one count of murder with the special circumstances of discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle and murder to further a criminal street gang, Jane Robinson, with the LA County DA, said in a press release.

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    Hundreds of mourners attended a vigil Thursday evening for Victor McClinton, who was shot and killed by a stray bullet on Christmas Day in Pasadena. McClinton's death and that of two others in a violent Christmas pursuit crash are prompting renewed calls to curb gang violence in the city. John Cádiz Klemack reports from Pasadena for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Dec. 27, 2012. (Published Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012)

    He’s also charged with one count of attempted murder, two counts of shooting at an inhabited dwelling, and possession of a firearm by a felon, Robinson said.

    The charges mirror those leveled against Larry Darnell Bishop Jr., 20, suspected of being behind the wheel during the car-to-car shooting.

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    Victor McClinton worked for 18 years as a civilian employee with the LA County Sheriff's Department, but was better known as a mentor and youth coach. Janet Kwak reports from Pasadena for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Dec. 27, 2012 (Published Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012)

    Harris was riding in the passenger seat when both men allegedly opened fire on their intended target, the driver of another car who crashed his vehicle into a light pole after suffering a gunshot wound, according to the district attorney said.

    Victor McClinton, 49, was walking a fellow coach to his car when the shots rang out, officials said. McClinton, a law enforcement technician and father of two, was shot to death at about 11 a.m. on Dec. 25 at Newport Avenue and Wyoming Street.

    Harris and Clinton are charged with McClinton’s murder and the attempted murder of the driver who crashed into a light pole. A third man – Gary Aurthur Davis, 20 – is charged with being an accessory after the fact.

    Harris was set to appear in court on Wednesday but the hearing was delayed, Robinson said. Now, all three men are scheduled to be arraigned on Jan. 23. Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty for Harris and Bishop.

    McClinton’s death left his community heartbroken. Days after he died, hundreds of friends and family members gathered at Pasadena City Hall to remember the man they described as a dedicated mentor and a pillar in the community who had founded the Brotherhood Community Sports League about 15 years ago.

    Investigators initially thought the fatal shooting may have been connected to another Christmas Day tragedy, a police pursuit that ended in a crash that killed two family members in a minivan. But the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office determined the two incidents were unrelated.

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