Crime

DHS man to stand trial for attempted murder, assault in shooting of juvenile

Shooting determined to be gang-related

A man who allegedly shot a juvenile during a gang-related altercation in Desert Hot Springs was ordered today to stand trial on charges of attempted murder and assault with a gun.

Guillermo Rodriguez-Lara, 22, of Desert Hot Springs, is accused in the 6 a.m. June 19 shooting near the intersection of Palm Drive and Ironwood Avenue, according to the Desert Hot Springs Police Department.   

Officers arriving on scene found a male juvenile with a gunshot to the chest. The victim was initially taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, but police later said he was expected to survive.

Investigators discovered the victim was shot "during an altercation,'' later determined to be gang-related, police said.   

Desert Hot Springs police, along with members of the Coachella Valley Violence Crime Gang Task Force, took Rodriguez-Lara into custody at around 11:45 a.m. the following day at the Larson Justice Center in Indio, sheriff's Sgt. Paul Heredia said.

Rodriguez-Lara, who's being held in lieu of $1 million bail, is due back in court Oct. 24 for a post-preliminary hearing arraignment.

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