LOS ANGELES, CA — The serial slaughter spree of Alexander Hernandez, 36, began with a single random murder in March 2014 and erupted with a week of mayhem in August in which he massacred four more strangers and tried to kill 11 others.
One by one, Hernandez is said to have pulled up next to unsuspecting citizens in a white SUV that had a broken hood and “666” emblazoned on the back. Sometimes speaking to them, sometimes not, Hernandez would then open fire and speed off.
Now, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, Hernandez’s ultimate journey may end with a lethal injection. Prosecutors have announced they will seek the death penalty.
With senseless cruelty, Hernandez targeted San Fernando Valley residents who were in the process of driving to work, waiting on a friend to go to church, or otherwise just going about routine activities. One fatality befell a dad taking his kids fishing for Father’s Day.Among the survivors is a teenager who had just come home from his high school prom. Hernandez blasted him with a bullet that left the boy permanently paralyzed.
Animal cruelty figures into this sick spree, as well. Hernandez’s shooting of three dogs, two of whom died, led police to the madman as witnesses got a clear look at his vehicle.
From there, Hernandez fired at a couple in their car and missed. He then shot a mother, father, and daughter who were driving to church. The daughter died.
Later that day, cops picked up Hernandez at his home following an hour-long standoff.
Since being charged, Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the murders of Sergio Sanchez on March 14, 2014; Gilardo Morales on August 21, 2014; and Gloria Tovar, Michael Planells, and Mariana Franco on August 24, 2014.
He’s also up against 11 counts of attempted murder, eight counts of shooting at an occupied vehicle, three counts of cruelty to an animal, two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, and one count each of discharge of a firearm with gross negligence and possession of ammunition by a felon.
In terms of prior felonies, Hernandez is a four-time loser who has been to prison on meth and weapons charges.
Investigators believe Hernandez acted alone. He’s due back in court on June 27 for a pretrial hearing.
Main photo: Alexander Hernandez [California Department of Corrections]