Man who went on shooting rampage at The Asian Bistro in Hillcrest sentenced to 49 years in prison


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(*49*)SAN DIEGO — Editor’s Word: The video and film featured in this story have been printed Feb. 19, 2019 about The Asian Bistro reopening after the shooting.

(*49*)An particular person who opened hearth correct proper right into a Hillcrest restaurant with an assault rifle, however missed just a few dozen folks contained in the eatery, was sentenced Friday to 49 years in state prison.

(*49*)Stefano Markell Parker, 32, pleaded accountable final yr to 5 counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm in reference to the Feb. 12, 2019 shooting at The Asian Bistro on College Avenue.

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(*49*)Parker beforehand confronted almost a dozen tried homicide counts and a doable 374 years-to-life sentence in the case.

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(*49*)San Diego police stated that at about 7:40 p.m., Parker opened hearth from the freeway, sending patrons contained in the restaurant ducking for cover. Not one of many folks inside have been struck by gunfire.

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(*49*)Parker fled the scene however was arrested a short while later in an alley on Fourth Avenue, in accordance to police, who stated the rifle used in the shooting was positioned shut by.

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(*49*)Police and prosecutors haven’t disclosed a motive for the assault.

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(*49*)The discovery of a homophobic social media put up from Parker, in addition to the shooting’s location in Hillcrest, led investigators and metropolis leaders to suspect a doable anti-LGBTQ motivation.

(*49*)Nonetheless, Parker was not charged with hate-crime allegations in reference to the shooting.

(*49*)Just a few months after the shooting, Parker was discovered mentally incompetent to stand trial in the case and was despatched to (*49*) State Hospital on at least one event for treatment.

(*49*)Prior to imposing the 49-year sentence, San Diego Superior Courtroom Choose Frederick Hyperlink stated he believed that prior to coming to California, Parker didn’t get the treatment he ought to have obtained.

(*49*)”He devoted a very extreme crime. He endangered numerous folks. Thank God that no individual was injured,” Hyperlink stated.

(*49*)Parker’s pleas furthermore acquired proper right here with an admission that he has a 2006 homicide conviction out of Alabama, when he was a juvenile. He was sentenced to 20 years in that case, however served merely 4.

(*49*)RELATED: The Asian Bistro in Hillcrest reopens per week after shooting

(*49*)RELATED: Suspect in Hillcrest shooting beforehand served time in Alabama

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