Victor McClinton
Victor McClinton (Photo Courtesy of the Brotherhood Community Youth Sports League)

PASADENA - A prosecutor filed charges Wednesday against one man and an alleged accomplice in the fatal Christmas Day shooting of a longtime community volunteer and sheriff's employee.

Reputed gang member Larry Darnell Bishop Jr., 20, of Chino and Gary Aurthur Davis, 20, of Pasadena were scheduled for a Wednesday arraignment at Pasadena Superior Court which was continued to Jan. 23 and moved to Los Angeles Superior Court.

Bishop was charged with murder in the Dec. 25 killing of 49-year-old Victor McClinton who was shot while walking a fellow coach to his car in the 1900 block of Newport Avenue, Los Angeles County District Attorney's officials said in a statement.

Davis was charged with being an accessory after the fact in the shooting.

McClinton, a father of two, worked as a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department law enforcement technician for 18 years. He also founded the nonprofit Brotherhood Community Youth Sports League in Pasadena.

Pasadena Police Lt. Tracey Ibarra said McClinton was an innocent bystander.

"He was saying goodbye to a friend and the shooting happened," she said.

Police believe the shooting was gang-related and that the intended target was 24-year-old Damion Taylor, described by Ibarra as a local gang member. Taylor was driving an SUV when he was shot on Newport Avenue.

Bishop was also charged with the attempted murder of Taylor, shooting at an inhabited dwelling and possession of a firearm by a felon.

The criminal complaint also alleges that Bishop shot a firearm from a motor vehicle and committed the killing for the benefit of a street gang.

Prosecutors will decide later whether they will seek the death penalty against Bishop, officials said.

"We are following the evidence of the case that might lead to the identification of other individuals involved," Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said.

Detectives are still looking for other "persons of interest" in the case who could be witnesses or suspects, according to Ibarra.

She said the gray Captiva used in the shooting is in police custody. Ibarra added that officers are still trying to determine the number of people who were in the Captiva at the time of the shooting.

Police and the DA's Office said that the shooting of McClinton isn't related to a Dec. 25 high speed chase where a sport utility vehicle fleeing from Pasadena police and the FBI crashed into a minivan, killing Tracey Ong Tan, 25, of Glendale and her 11-year-old cousin, Kendrick Ng of Daly City.

The SUV's driver, Darrell Lee Williams, and one of the passengers, Brittany Washington, have been charged with the murders of Ong Tan and Ng.

Booking records show Bishop was arrested Friday and Davis was arrested Saturday. Police said both were transferred to a county jail facility. Bishop was being held without bail while Davis' bail is $1 million.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Detective Keith Gomez at 626-744-4511 or Pasadena Police at 626-744-4241. Anonymous tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or go to http://lacrimestoppers.org (insert key word Pasadena)

Staff writer Brian Charles contributed to this report.

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