Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
MURDERER SENTENCED TO 82 YEARS FOR SHOOTING 16-YEAR-OLD FRIEND IN FACE AFTER WATCHING “THE SIXTH SENSE”
On April 1, 2000, Salas, who had been using methamphetamine for four days straight and had used the drug that night, was watching the movie “The Sixth Sense” with friends Robert Ornelas, Joshua Salas (no relation), and five females at one of the women’s homes in Santa Ana. Two children, ages 2 and 4 years old, were asleep in another room of the house. While watching the movie, the defendant began to cry and went to the bathroom. When he returned to the room where his friends were sitting, he pulled out a gun and shot 16-year-old Ornelas once in the face, killing him immediately. He then shot Joshua Salas, 16, seven times in the face, chest, and stomach. The defendant fled the house and Joshua Salas, who survived the attack, called the police.
The defendant fled to
Senior Deputy District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh of the Homicide Unit prosecuted this case.