Tik-Tok Star Anthony Barajas Dies At 19, Succumbs To Injuries From Fatal Theater Shooting; Second Victim Identified – Update

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UPDATED, July 31, 1:18 p.m.: Authorities have confirmed that Tik-Tok star Anthony Barajas has died due to injuries after being shot in a theater in Corona, California. The influencer passed Saturday morning after he had been on life support since being shot by Anthony Jimenez on Monday. Barajas was 19.

His death comes a three days after the gunman, 20-year-old Joseph Jimenez of Corona, was charged with murder, attempted murder and robbery. It is evident that he will now be charged with two counts of murder. Jimenez is currently being held on bail for $2 million.

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Police have yet to establish a clear motive and said the attacks seem to have been unprovoked.

UPDATE, July 28, 3:45 p.m.: Officials have confirmed the identities of the the victims in the Monday night shooting at a Regal theater in Corona, California. The female, who was found dead at the scene, was 18-year-old Rylee Goodrich, a college student. The 19-year-old male who was taken to the hospital and remains in critical condition is Tik-Tok star Anthony Barajas, who has over a million followers on the social media site.

Jimenez - Credit: Corona Police Department
Jimenez - Credit: Corona Police Department

Corona Police Department

PREVIOUSLY at 10:10 a.m.: Corona police have arrested a suspect in the shooting that killed one teenager and left a second in critical condition Monday night. Joseph Jimenez, 20, of unincorporated Corona, was taken into custody at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday after witness statements led detectives to serve a search warrant at his residence.

CPD said a firearm matching the caliber of the weapon used in the shooting was recovered, along with additional evidence related to the crime scene.

Jimenez was booked at Riverside Presley Detention Center on charges of murder, attempted murder and robbery. He was being held on a $2 million bail.

Based on statements obtained, police said there is no known motive for the attack and it appears to have been unprovoked.

Read details of the case below.

PREVIOUSLY, July 27: One teenager was killed and another critically wounded in a shooting inside a Southern California movie theater Monday night, local police said.

The Corona Police Department reported that officers responded to a call for service about 11:45 p.m. at The Regal Edwards Corona Crossings RPX theater in the Riverside County city.

Upon arrival, officers located a male and female both suffering from gunshot wounds. The 19-year-old male, from Corona, was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. The 18-year-old female, also from Corona, succumbed to her injuries at the scene. Their identification is being held pending notification to the next of kin.

The suspect or suspects remain at large.

According to multiple sources citing police, the film being shown was Blumhouse/Universal’s The Forever Purge, the title of which refers to a night during which all crime, including murder, is temporarily legal.

A spokesperson for Regal issued the following statement to Deadline: “We have received confirmation of an incident at our Corona Crossings theatre last night. We are currently working with the local authorities regarding the investigation. Our primary concern is for the safety and security of our guests and staff.”

The Regal Edwards Corona Crossings RPX theater is located at 2650 Tuscany Street in Corona, about 50 southeast of Los Angeles. The theater was closed Tuesday, and The Forever Purge appears to be not screening there anymore.

The Corona Police Department is taking the lead on the investigation. Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Bureau – Forensic Services is assisting with the investigation.

Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to call the Corona Police Department at (951) 736-2330, option 3, or Senior Detective Dan Neagu at (951) 739-4916 or email Slaven.Neagu@CoronaCA.gov.

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