The Mainplace shooter was a tagger – and so was his victim

I have heard for some time that taggers are now as dangerous as other gang bangers.  Sure enough, the SAPD announced that “An arrest has been made in connection with the killing of a young man during a gang-related assault last week at MainPlace mall,” according to the O.C. Register.

And guess what?  Both the killer and the guy who was shot were competing taggers.

Here are a few excerpts from the O.C. Register:

Gang homicide detectives arrested Aaron Castaneda, 26, of Santa Ana nearly, at a local motel early Saturday, about 12 hours after the shooting, said Santa Ana police Cmdr. Tammy Franks.

Castaneda is believed to be a member of a tagging gang from Santa Ana, Franks said. He is being held at the Orange County Jail in lieu of $1.25 million bail.

The victim, Cesar Zavala, 18, of Tustin died at hospital shortly after he was shot multiple times and then crashed his car into a tree, police said.

Zavala is believed to have been a member of a tagging crew from Tustin, Franks said.

Maybe now the City of Santa Ana will start cracking down on taggers?

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