Tue. May 30th, 2023
Aaron Johnathan Chavez
Aaron Johnathan Chavez

UPDATEDSAPD detectives arrest 23-year-old Dustin Sean Ross McDonald yesterday evening in a car stop near his residence in Garden Grove. Charges are pending, case has been submitted to the District Attorney’s office for filing. Charges will be murder (187), two count of attempt murder (664/187) and special circumstances enhancement (190.2) and weapons enhancements (12022.5) 

Aaron Johnathan Chavez, a 23-year-old from Anaheim, was killed and two women were injured late Tuesday when another man came up to a parked car they were sitting in and fired 10 to 12 shots at them, according to Santa Ana Police, according to the OC Weekly.

Dustin Sean Ross McDonald
Dustin Sean Ross McDonald

Police say a suspect approached the car on foot and opened fire around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Main and West 12th streets. The suspect ran off, got into a white SUV and drove away from the scene, according to KABC.

The two women, ages 21 and 28, were transported as trauma patients to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, the Orange County Fire Department said. They were in critical but stable condition Wednesday morning. Authorities had earlier said the women were taken to UCI Medical Center, according to KTLA.

It was not clear why the victims were parked in the area, a commercial area surrounded by multiple business buildings around Main Street, according to the OC Register.

The shooting happened just north of the Orange County School of the Arts, a few block’s north of Pop’s Cafe, in Downtown Santa Ana.  Investigation is ongoing and details will be release as they become available, according to the SAPD.

The Downtown area is represented by Santa Ana Councilwoman Michele Martinez, who is up for reelection in November.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact SAPD Homicide Detectives at 714-245-8390 or Orange County Crime Stoppers 1-855-TIP-OCCS.

Click here for more information from the SAPD.

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18 thoughts on “Updated: Man killed and two women wounded when shot in a parked car in DTSA”
      1. Don’t need luck. That location where the incident happened is not part of the Downtown Santa Ana Reataurants and retail that you hate so much. Ha! I’m glad the police have arrested a suspect! Don’t forget about the Downtown SA farmers market today at the East End!

  1. Brad is correct. That is not Downtown. It is the Playground just north of Downtown where Pulido, Jakowsky and Harrah prostitute themselves by putting on high heels and mini skirts.

    1. That is downtown to most of us and you have to wonder if the victims had been hanging out at one of the local bars or restaurants before they ended up in that parked car.

        1. Newsong is at 17th, West of Flower. But folks would definitely be better off there instead of wasting their money on overpriced booze at the DTSA bars.

    2. Ironically, this a stones throw from the probation office. As Mateo says, a great place to pick up a rock of Tina and blow clouds with a meth junkie after her appointment with her PO.

      I have to agree with Brad getting your head blown off is preferable to getting it stomped in by an angry mob.

  2. It’s where a pot dispensery is at on 14th and main….why it operates might be another close door negotiation deal….

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