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O.C. gang member charged with killing a man who was pouring a cup of coffee

November 29, 2010 |  5:29 pm

Israel Lopez booking photo A reputed gang member was charged Monday with gunning down a man while he was pouring a cup of coffee at a Santa Ana restaurant, authorities said.

Israel Pena Lopez, 35, a Santa Ana resident, is accused of shooting his victim several times in the back Oct. 13 at the Panaderia la Chapina restaurant, the Orange County district attorney's office said.

The victim, Alejandro Sanchez, 22, was pouring coffee at the counter when he was struck by the bullets, according to prosecutors.

One day after the killing, Lopez allegedly shouted the name of his street gang as he fired a weapon at another person on a Santa Ana Street corner, prosecutors said. The bullets missed the victim, who has not been identified.

Lopez has a previous felony conviction for participation in a criminal street gang, the district attorney's office said. He is facing charges that include murder, attempted murder, possession of a firearm by a felon and street terrorism, with a sentencing enhancement for criminal street gang activity and the personal discharge of a firearm.

Lopez is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at the courthouse in Santa Ana.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Israel Pena Lopez. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office