Men shot up a strip club after getting kicked out for not wearing masks, police say. They could face life in prison.
Two California men could live in jail after they were accused of shooting into a strip club that they were booted from for not wearing masks.
A Halloween trip to the Sahara Theater, a strip club in Anaheim, 4 miles east of Disneyland, was canceled after Edgar Nava-Ayala, Daniel Ocampo and Juan Acosta-Soto were kicked out by security guards for failing to meet the venue's mask requirements.
They returned to the Sahara in a red Toyota Camry. Nava-Ayala reportedly fired about 15 rounds of a semi-automatic AK-47 rifle "indiscriminately" into the club, according to the Orange County Prosecutor and Anaheim Police Department.
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"The suspects were kicked out for refusing to wear masks," said Police Sgt. Shane Carringer told USA TODAY. "They came back and shot the club in retaliation for getting kicked out."
Contrary to some reports, Carringer said they did not attack the strip club specifically for mask regulations.
At least four people were injured and one had to undergo surgery for gunshot wounds in the upper body, according to prosecutors.
"It's nothing short of a miracle no one was killed," Carringer told the Washington Post.
Nava-Ayala, 34, and Ocampo, 22, were charged Monday with attempted murder and assault after an arrest last week led to the discovery of the AK-47 used in the attacks. Both could be sentenced to life imprisonment if convicted on all charges.
Acosta-Soto, 20, could face charges for a maximum of 17 years.
All three are being held in Orange County Jail on $ 5 million bail.
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This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: Men from California who police say they shot the strip club could live in jail
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