ALLEGED “Purge” shooter Joseph Jimenez appeared in court on Friday charged with opening fire on two teens on a first date at a movie theatre in Corona, California – leaving one dead and the other fighting for life.
The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office charged Jimenez, 20, with murder and attempted murder and added sentence enhancements for using a firearm to cause death and injury.
In emotional scenes in court, Dave Goodrich, the father of 18-year-old victim Rylee Goodrich, screamed and wept as Jimenez was led from the Riverside court complex.
He shouted: “Oye, look at me, hermano!” Look at me! Look at me, dude!” before sobbing and falling into a friend’s embrace.
Jimenez is currently being held without bail after he allegedly stormed Regal Edwards Corona Crossings movie theater and shot Goodrich and 19-year-old Anthony Barajas on Monday night.
The shooting took place during a screening of the movie The Forever Purge.
Goodrich was pronounced dead at the scene and Barajas, who remains on life support, was left critically injured.
Goodrich, a cheerleader, was reportedly on a first date with Barajas, a TikTok influencer.
Dave Goodrich said earlier his daughter “never even had a chance” after Jimenez allegedly shot her at point blank range.
Barajas has reportedly been declared as brain dead following the shooting.
Police took Jimenez into custody while serving a search warrant at his presumed residence just outside the Corona city limits.
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While executing the search warrant, police found a handgun of the same caliber that was the weapon believed to have been used in the shooting.
Authorities are still working to find a motive for the shooting.
There does not seem to be a connection between the victims and Jimenez, with the District Attorney’s Office saying they believe the attack to be random.