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August 2, 2022: Man Charged with Shooting Near Hollywood Farmer’s Market

Ricardo Santiago, Public Information Officer
(213) 257-2000

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced today that his office has filed more than half-a-dozen charges against a 42-year-old man for firing several rounds near the Hollywood Farmer’s Market.

“It’s extremely fortunate that no one was injured in this brazen act of violence,” District Attorney Gascón said. “We cannot tolerate the indiscriminate firing of a weapon into an area frequented by so many innocent members of our community. Everyone should be able to enjoy a Sunday morning without being worried about being struck by a random bullet.”

Joseph DeLaCruz (dob 8/24/79) faces one felony count each of shooting at an inhabited dwelling, first-degree burglary with person present, criminal threats, possession of a firearm by a felon, unlawful possession of ammunition, vandalism causing $400 or more in damage or destruction of property and discharge of firearm with gross negligence.

Arraignment in case BA507799 is scheduled today in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

On July 31, DeLaCruz allegedly threatened a woman with a gun and later began shooting from his apartment’s balcony on the 1600 block of Cosmo St, damaging buildings and a vehicle. The defendant also is charged with breaking through the wall of his apartment into his neighbor’s apartment.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, Hollywood Division.