Two men accused of participating in a gang-related shooting in Indio in 2018 dropped their charges of attempted murder today as part of a plea agreement.
Charles Salter, 26, and Joseph Riley, 23, pleaded guilty at the Larson Justice Center Wednesday to one felony each of semi-automatic firearm assault in exchange for a reduction in the charge of attempted murder.
Salter also pleaded guilty to one count of carrying a loaded firearm while engaging in gang activity.
The five were initially charged on February 23, 2018, of shooting a rival gang in a parking lot near Clark’s Visitor Center at 82-253 Indio Blvd. The victim, who has not been named, was shot once in the stomach at close range and underwent surgery, but later recovered.
The suspected shooter and another person at the time were both minors and have not been named. Dominic McNeal, 22, was also initially charged in the case, but dismissed the charge in 2019 due to insufficient evidence.
The shooting happened around 7:45 p.m. with the suspects and their alleged vehicles captured on surveillance footage from a truck stop and a nearby laundromat, according to police. .
Indio detectives matched the security camera footage with a Snapchat video allegedly posted by Salter online, in which the suspects are seen inside the van flashing signs and carrying guns and arrest warrants. .
Court records do not say when Salter and Riley will return to court.
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