Michael Barragan, OC Homicide No. 7: Executed at a House Party

A 19-year-old man who was shot once in the head following an argument at a house party in Santa Ana on Saturday succumbed to his injuries Wednesday, and the gang members in custody in connection with the shooting have now been charged with murder.

The incident began sometime after 1:30 a.m. in the home of 43-year-old suspect Patrick Palomino in the 400 block of North Newhope Street near Fifth Street.

Santa Ana resident Michael Barragan and his friends got into an argument with Palomino and Fernando Torres, 29, also of Santa Ana, during a party, Santa Ana police detectives say.

Later, as Barragan and his friends walked to their cars, shots rang out. Officers arrived to find Barragan on the sidewalk, suffering from a single gunshot to the head.

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He was rushed to UCI Medical Center.

Police do not know why the argument broke out, but they do believe Torres was the shooter.

Palomino's role has not been released.


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Torres and Palomino are longtime gang members, according to police.

They have been charged with murder, gang enhancements, use of a firearm and street terrorism.

Both have an April 2 arraignment hearing.


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