Oxnard Man Charged with Murder for April Shooting at Hollywood Beach

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Jorge Francisco Ortega (DOB 11/20/1997) of Oxnard, has been charged with the premeditated first-degree murder of Jose Lopez (DOB 10/26/1995), also of Oxnard, by personal use a firearm. A special circumstance alleging the murder was committed for the benefit of a criminal street gang carries a potential sentence of death or life without the possibility of parole.  Ortega remains in custody at the Ventura County Jail without bail. Ortega’s arraignment on the charges was continued to June 12, 2018, in Department 12 at 9:00 a.m. 

On the night of April 22, 2018, Lopez was shot multiple times in a parking lot at end of the 2900 block of Ocean Drive. The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Oxnard Police Department. 


The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office reminds the public to be diligent in supervising their children’s activity online to ensure they are protected and safe. If anyone has information regarding the possible online exploitation of a child, they are encouraged to contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at www.missingkids.com or their local police department. The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office would like to thank the Ventura Police Department and the Ventura County Human Trafficking Enforcement Team for their assistance with this investigation.

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