La Jolla

A transient accused of shooting a woman at a La Jolla church and attempting to shoot another woman was ordered held without bail Thursday, pending a competency hearing.

Patricia Perrellis, 41, is charged with two counts of attempted murder in the March 2 shooting of Michelle Gallagher of La Jolla and Colette Cholaki of La Mesa.

Gallagher, 40, a La Jolla real estate agent, was shot in the back while at Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Gallagher told police she was in the foyer of the church when she was approached by a woman asking for directions.

Cholaki, 24, was confronted by a woman in a Girard Avenue parking lot, but the assailant’s gun misfired several times, allowing Cholaki to escape.


While being led in the courtroom of Municipal Judge Raymond Edwards Jr. for a bail review hearing, Perrellis began screaming about conditions in the jail.

Edwards immediately had her removed from the courtroom, then ordered a psychiatric evaluation to determine if she is competent to stand trial. A competency hearing is scheduled for March 24.