Crime & Justice

Authorities link fatal shootings in Colton, Moreno Valley

Rialto and Colton are visible in this view of the Inland Empire at night.
Rialto and Colton are visible in this view of the Inland Empire at night.
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A Southern California man has been arrested in connection with the deaths of two people in separate shootings about 60 miles east of Los Angeles.

Jason Barton was arrested Thursday outside a San Diego taco shop. The 38-year-old was charged with intimidating a worker at the shop and drug possession, and taken back to Riverside County. More charges are expected next week.

Colton police Cpl. Ray Mendez says Barton fatally shot a woman behind a gas station around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Mendez says the woman was romantically involved with Barton.

Twenty minutes later, Riverside County sheriff's Deputy Armando Munoz says Barton shot a man and a woman in Moreno Valley. The man died.

Barton's stepmother, Eunice Barton, told The Associated Press the victims are Jason Barton's father and sister.