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California man arrested for randomly shooting at cars, father of four killed

This week, a California man was arrested for allegedly randomly shooting at passing cars, killing one man and injuring another person, authorities said.

On June 3, at around 7 a.m., shortly after the shooting began, officers were called. Witnesses described a man shooting at passing cars on State Street in the city of San Jacinto outside of Los Angeles.

“During the course of this investigation, Julio Cesar Rodarte, a 39-year-old resident of San Jacinto, was arrested and booked into the Larry Smith Correctional Facility on charges of murder and 10 counts of attempted murder,” the Riverside County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. “This investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released at this time.”

Surveillance video obtained by KTLA shows a man in a hoodie with a handgun firing multiple magazines of ammunition at passing vehicles. Witnesses told the newspaper that the man later took off his clothes.

The shooting killed 42-year-old Victor Hugo Leon, a resident of San Jacinto, police said.

“He was a very loving person,” his wife Griselda Zepeda told KTLA. “He leaves us very broken. He had this mean face, but he was such a sweetheart and always did his best for his family.”

42-year-old victim Victor Hugo Leon of San Jacinto, California
42-year-old victim Victor Hugo Leon of San Jacinto, California (GoFundMe)

Leon returned from a night shift at a warehouse and Zepeda was dismayed to find that he had not returned home on Monday morning.

“More and more time went by. I just had a feeling something bad had happened,” she said. “After he didn't call me back 40 times, I knew something was wrong. I reported him missing. I went to every hospital hoping they would tell me he was there.”

Family members remembered Leon on a GoFundMe page.

A mug shot shows Julio Cesar Rodarte, who is accused of indiscriminately shooting at cars in San Jacinto, California, on Monday, June 3, 2024
A mug shot shows Julio Cesar Rodarte, who is accused of indiscriminately shooting at cars in San Jacinto, California, on Monday, June 3, 2024 (RCSD)

“He was just minutes from his home when this tragedy occurred,” the page says. “Victor was a great father, husband and friend. He leaves behind three sons, a daughter and his beloved wife.”

“We will truly miss Victor's smile and sense of humor. He leaves a void in the hearts of those who knew him.”

Officials are not looking for additional suspects, but ask anyone with information about the shooting to call the Sheriff's Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777.