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

Coach and family man Victor McClinton was caught in the crossfire of a vehicle-to-vehicle shooting

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    Victor McClinton was killed in a car-to-car shooting Christmas Day. Charges were filed against two men on Wednesday.

    A reputed gang member was charged Wednesday with capital murder and other counts in the Christmas Day shooting death of a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department employee in Pasadena.

    Larry Darnell Bishop Jr., 20, was ordered to remain jailed without bail while awaiting arraignment Jan. 23 in Los Angeles Superior Court in connection with a vehicle-to-vehicle shooting that killed bystander Victor McClinton, a 49- year-old law enforcement technician, neighborhood athletics coach and father of two who was caught in the line of fire.

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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)

    McClinton, who was walking a fellow coach to his car when the gunfire erupted, was shot to death at about 11 a.m. Dec. 25 at Newport Avenue and Wyoming Street. He was described as a loving family man who set a good example for others.

    The murder charge against Bishop includes the special circumstance allegations of discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle and murder to further a criminal street gang.

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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)

    Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty against Bishop, who was convicted of two felony commercial burglaries in San Bernardino County in 2011.

    Bishop is also charged with one count of attempted murder involving a driver who crashed his vehicle into a light pole after sustaining a gunshot wound, as well as one count of possession of a firearm by a felon and two counts of shooting at an inhabited dwelling.

    Bishop was arrested Dec. 28 by Pasadena police and has remained jailed since then, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Inmate Information Center website.

    Another 20-year-old man, Gary Aurthur Davis, is charged with being an accessory after the fact. He is also set to be arraigned Jan. 23.

    According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, there is no evidence that McClinton's shooting death was related to a brief high-speed car chase in which Tracey Ong Tan, 26, of Glendale, and her 11-year-old cousin, Kendrick Ng, of Daly City, were killed on Christmas Day in Pasadena.

    Reputed gang members Darrell Lee Williams, 22, and Brittany Michelle Washington, 21, were charged with murder and other counts in connection with the pursuit and deadly crash. They are set to be arraigned Monday in Pasadena Superior Court.

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