Three charged in connection with California strip club shooting over mask dispute

Three men were arrested last week in connection with a drive-by shooting at a California comic on Halloween that injured three people after being thrown out for their refusal to wear masks, prosecutors said Monday.

Edgar Nava-Ayala, 34, Juan Jose Acosta-Soto, 20, and Daniel Juvenal Ocampo, 22, all from Anaheim, were taken into custody on December 17 during the October 31 shooting at the Sahara Teather in Anaheim.

While at the club, Ocampos and Ayala were escorted out after refusing to wear face masks, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said.

Juan Jose Acosta-Soto, Edgar Nava-Ayala and Daniel Ocampo Nava.

Juan Jose Acosta-Soto, Edgar Nava-Ayala and Daniel Ocampo Nava.
(Anaheim Police)

The trio left the club and returned with an AK-47. Ayala fired 15 rounds into the company, injuring two employees and a customer, prosecutors said.

The victims were shot in the upper body, but survived. One person had to undergo surgery and another got a shattered left shoulder blade.

Ayala and Ocampo are charged with three crimes, each of attempted first degree murder and deliberation, assault with an assault weapon, and one shot into an occupied building. Ayala also faces additional charges for personal use of an assault weapon and for causing serious bodily harm.

If convicted, he will face 82 years in prison.


Ocampo is accused of supplying a firearm to commit a crime, prosecutors said. He is serving 21 years in prison.

Acosta-Soto is charged with assaulting three times with an assault weapon and one firing into an occupied building. He is facing more than 17 years in prison.

All three have pleaded not guilty of the charges and are each being held in Orange County Jail in lieu of a $ 5 million bond.