Attempted murder charges have been filed against a 41-year-old man who allegedly shot a clerk from a Koreatown smoke shop on April 30 and later barricaded himself inside a nearby retail store for three hours.
Joseph Michael Young, of Los Angeles, faces one count each of attempted murder with the allegation that he discharged a handgun, assault with a firearm with the allegation that he personally used a firearm, shooting at an occupied building, and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Young allegedly entered a smoke shop near Eighth Street and Vermont Avenue at approximately 12:20 p.m. on April 30 and became involved in a confrontation with a clerk over a purchase. The defendant allegedly attempted to shoot the man, but the gun jammed and the victim ran out of the store.
Young chased the clerk and allegedly fired at him multiple times, striking the unidentified victim once in the leg. He then allegedly fled from police officers who were responding and ran into a discount retail store on Vermont Avenue between Seventh and Eighth streets. Young fired another shot that broke a window and was in the store for three hours before he was arrested by a SWAT team.
The defendant faces 39 years to life plus seven years in state prison if convicted as charged. The case was investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Olympic Division.