Two men, one of whom went on a shooting rampage that ended in a shootout with police and wounded six on the Santa Monica Pier July 4th, 2000, were sentenced to death Wednesday, April 20th.
Joseph Flores, 34, and Oswaldo Amezcua, 30, both from Baldwin Park, did not allow their lawyers to call witnesses or conduct cross-examinations during the penalty phase of the trial, according to news accounts.
Flores and Amezcua were convicted of four murders they committed in Baldwin Park and several other charges in Los Angeles Superior Court in March.
Three Santa Monica Police officers and three civilians were shot on the Santa Monica Pier during a five-hour hostage standoff the morning of July 4th, 2000. None of the Santa Monica shooting injuries resulted in fatalities.
The incident began at 1:04 a.m. Tuesday, July 4th, 2000 when Santa Monica police received a call from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department that a suspect alleged to be involved in three separate homicides was on the Santa Monica Pier.
The suspect was identified as Joseph Flores, 30 years old at the time, of Baldwin Park.
Flores was taken into custody in front of 322 Santa Monica Pier after a physical altercation with police.
Two weapons were recovered on Flores.
Amezcua, 25 years old at the time, of Baldwin Park, who had accompanied Flores, ran from police into the Playland Arcade on the Santa Monica Pier.
Once inside the arcade, Amezcua started to leave through rear doors and began opening fire on Santa Monica police officers, who returned fire.
Amezcua took 15 people hostage during the standoff, which ended at 6:40 a.m. when he surrendered to Santa Monica police after crawling out of an arcade window.