March 25, 2011 – SAN FERNANDO, Calif.—A jury has convicted a Los Angeles parolee of attempted murder for the 2008 church carnival shootings of his son’s mother and a festival volunteer.
Prosecutors say 36-year-old Fernando Diaz, who was in a bitter custody battle with his ex-girlfriend, showed up at the St. John Baptist de la Salle Church fundraiser in suburban Granada Hills and shot his ex-girlfriend as she was setting up a carnival booth.
She was wounded in the elbow and two volunteers had bullet wounds.
Five parents, including off-duty police officers, tackled and disarmed Diaz.
A jury on Thursday convicted Diaz on two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a firearm and one count of being a felon with a firearm. He was acquitted of a third attempted murder count.