Parolee accused of shooting and killing Oxnard teenager

A man on parole has been charged in the death of a 17-year-old who was shot in the head while sitting in a car, according to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office.

Jose Alberto Salazar, 19, of Oxnard is accused of shooting an unnamed victim on the evening of April 15 at an undisclosed location.

According to the district attorney’s office, Salazar, who is a felon and was on parole at the time of the fatal shooting, shot through the rear window at the victim’s truck, hitting him in the head.

Oxnard police arrived on scene and found the teenager slumped in the passenger seat and suffering injuries. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he died the next day.

Salazar was arrested a week later and has been in custody ever since.

He appeared in court on Tuesday and was formally charged in connection with the teenager’s death, with specific allegations that he used a firearm during the crime and was on parole at the time. He was also charged with shooting at an occupied vehicle and possessing a firearm despite a previous felony conviction.

Jail records show he also faces vandalism and drug possession charges.

He is being held on $2.16 million bail on the combined charges and will appear in court again on July 12 on the murder charge.