California store owner charged in errant shooting of girl

A co-owner of a Southern California shoe store who apparently injured a 9-year-old woman while shooting at shoplifters has been charged with assault with a firearmByThe Associated PressApril 18, 2022, 8:03 PM – 2 minutes readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleSAN BERNARDINO, Calif.– A co-owner of a Southern California shoe shop who presumably injured a 9-year-old girl while shooting at shoplifters has been charged with attack with a firearm, authorities stated Monday.Marquel Michael James Cockrell, 20, was set up for a San Bernardino County Superior Court video arraignment in Rancho Cucamonga, a prosecution press release said.Other charges consist of discharging a firearm with gross negligence and bring a packed firearm that was not registered to the accused. It was not immediately known if Cockrell has an attorney to speak on his behalf.The shooting took place April 12 at the Mall of Victor Valley in the high desert city of Victorville.Cockrell chased after two shoplifters and fired shots that “rather hit the 9-year-old female victim,” Victorville authorities said in a statement.The girl, Ava Chruniak, suffered three gunshot injuries, including 2 in an arm, said her granny, Robin Moraga-Saldarelli.

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