Arrest Made in Murder of Adopted 8-Year-Old in Pomona - NBC Southern California

Arrest Made in Murder of Adopted 8-Year-Old in Pomona

The shooting that killed 8-year-old Jonah Hwang was one of four at the same residence

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    Details on Suspect in Drive-by That Killed 8-Year-Old

    A man is believed to have targeted the house where an 8-year-old boy was killed last month, a total of four times. Lolita Lopez reports for NBC4 News at 6 on Monday, March 27, 2017. (Published Monday, March 27, 2017)

    A 35-year-old man was arrested Sunday in connection with the murder of an 8-year-old boy who was shot and killed in Pomona in February.

    Sengchan Houl, 35, was arrested in Pomona Sunday and booked at the Pomona City jail, Pomona police said. He was stopped as he left his house in Pomona, police said at a Monday news conference.

    Jonah Hwang died Feb. 20 after being shot in the head during a suspected drive-by shooting. At least three bullets hit the Pomona home but no one else was struck.

    "It was a tragedy what happened to the little kid," said resident Trevor Carson. "And them making an arrest, I guess police are doing their job."

    Arrest Made in Murder of 8-Year-Old Pomona Boy

    [LA] Arrest Made in Murder of 8-Year-Old Pomona Boy

    Police announced an arrest in the murder of 8-year-old Jonah Hwang, but they're not yet saying how they caught their suspect a month after the deadly drive-by shooting. Rick Montanez reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Sunday, March 26, 2017.

    (Published Sunday, March 26, 2017)

    The shooting was one in a series of four reported at the home, including one on Saturday at 7 a.m., when bullets hit the home in the 1100 block of West 11th Street. No one was home at the time of the latest shooting and neighbors said the family moved out of their home immediately after the killing.

    Detectives with Pomona police were reviewing surveillance footage Sunday to figure out who keeps shooting at the home. Authorities said they believe all the shootings are connected.

    "Four shootings at one location, I would not call that random," said Pomona Police Chief Paul Capraro. "We do not know what that connection is at this point."

    Resident Tinita Williams said she heard about four rounds of gunfire on Saturday. 

    "That could have been my son," she said. "That could have been anyone's kid."

    Jonah's adoptive parents had brought him from an orphanage in Taiwan less than three years ago to begin a new American life. Jonah's family attends church at Pomona Presbyterian and Pastor Adam Donner says the family still has a long road of healing. 

    'Super Hero' Funeral for Boy Killed in Pomona Drive-By

    [LA] 'Super Hero' Funeral for Boy Killed in Pomona Drive-By

    Funeral services were held Saturday, March 4, 2017, for Jonah Hwang, an 8-year-old adopted from an orphanage in Taiwan less than three years ago who was killed in a baffling Pomona drive-by.

    (Published Sunday, March 5, 2017)

    "It doesn't answer a lot of questions. I think they're grateful for the work police have done and grateful that this ends this part of it, but they still don't have a child," Donner said. 

    A $20,000 reward was offered late February for information leading to the killer. Early March, the community rallied together at a "super hero" inspired funeral service for the boy. 

    NBC4's Jonathan Lloyd contributed to this report.

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