Suspect arrested in movie theater shooting that wounded TikTok star, killed teen

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By Stella Chan and Amanda Jackson, CNN

A antheral is successful custody successful transportation with the shooting astatine a California movie theatre Monday nighttime that near a pistillate dormant and a well-known TikTok idiosyncratic successful captious condition, constabulary said Wednesday.

Rylee Goodrich, 18, and Anthony Barajas, 19, were astatine a showing of “The Forever Purge” astatine a movie theatre successful Corona, California, connected Monday, constabulary said. The teens are friends and went to ticker the movie together, according to police. Theater unit recovered them with gunshot wounds aft the movie, according to police.

Goodrich died astatine the scene, and Barajas is connected beingness enactment astatine a section hospital, constabulary said.

On Tuesday, constabulary arrested Joseph Jimenez, 20, astatine his location successful El Cerrito, an unincorporated country of Corona. Police searched the suspect’s location and recovered a firearm and further grounds related to the movie theatre transgression scene, they said.

“The firearm matched the caliber of the limb utilized successful the murder,” said constabulary successful a property release.

Jimenez is being held connected $2 cardinal bail and charged with murder, attempted execution and robbery. CNN has reached retired to the Riverside County nationalist defender’s bureau to find if Jimenez has retained ineligible representation.

“The Forever Purge,” which debuted successful theaters earlier this month, is the 5th movie successful the “Purge” franchise. Each sequel is based connected the premise that a totalitarian authorities has created 1 nighttime each twelvemonth wherever everything, including murder, is legal.

There were less than 10 radical successful the theatre wherever Goodrich and Barajas were shot, Corona Police Capt. Paul Mercado told CNN, yet it has not been determined if the shooting happened during oregon aft the movie.

“They were changeable successful the head,” Corona Police Corporal Tobias Kouroubacalis told CNN successful an email. “We volition not cognize however galore times oregon the nonstop introduction constituent of the bullet(s) until the coroner performs their autopsies and writes their reports.”

CNN has contacted the theatre for remark but has not heard back.

An unprovoked attack

Police judge that that Jimenez, who had a movie ticket, didn’t cognize the victims and didn’t person immoderate anterior interaction with them.

“It’s an unfortunate crook of events here,” said Mercado. “The nationalist present are truly looking for a motive. Right now, determination is nary motive. It’s an unprovoked attack.”

Police said that items were taken and “robbery is portion of what happened during that crime,” but that they are not calling it a motive successful the shooting, Kouroubacalis said during a property league held connected Wednesday.

“We can’t ideate the important magnitude of symptom some the household and friends are feeling close now,” said Kouroubacalis. “But we anticipation the suspect’s apprehension volition bring immoderate alleviation knowing that he’s successful jailhouse now.”

He added that constabulary judge Jimenez acted alone.

A TikTok enthusiast, a runner with a ‘great heart’

Barajas has astir 930,000 followers connected TikTok and precocious posted video updates from a household vacation. During precocious school, helium was a standout shot subordinate astatine Mater Dei High successful Santa Ana, according to CNN affiliate KABC.

Goodrich attended Corona High School, according to KABC, and played volleyball, ran way and was besides a cheerleader. After precocious school, she received a assemblage assistance for Grand Canyon University’s STEM program. She was successful municipality visiting household for the summer.

Her cousin, Ashley Cole, told KABC she had a “great heart” and ever consenting to helping others.

Jimenez is expected to look earlier a justice for arraignment successful the adjacent mates days, according to Kouroubacalis.

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CNN’s Brian Lowry and Jessica Flynn contributed to this report.

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