Man Begging for Refuge Slain Outside Restaurant

From Times Staff Reports

A 21-year-old man who tried to seek refuge inside a locked McDonald's restaurant in Santa Ana was shot to death Wednesday morning in what police believe was a gang-related attack.

The shooting occurred about 6 a.m., before the restaurant at Warner Avenue and Main Street had opened for the day. Police said the victim, Jermaine Kendrick of Santa Ana, ran to the drive-thru window and pointed up the street, yelling at the clerk, who could not hear him through the closed window.

"Then he ran around the McDonald's toward the front doors, but they hadn't opened yet," Sgt. Raul Luna said. Kendrick returned to the window, still yelling and pointing, then fled.

Employees told police they heard gunfire, then saw Kendrick lying in the street. He had been shot several times and died at the scene, Luna said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Santa Ana police at (714) 245-8326.

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