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Suspected Hillcrest restaurant shooter found incompetent to stand trial

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Posted at 5:04 PM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 20:04:28-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The man accused of opening fire into a Hillcrest business has been found incompetent to stand trial.

Stefano Markell Parker, 29, was facing attempted murder charges in San Diego in connection with the shooting at Golden Dragon Asian Bistro in February of 2019.

Witnesses in the area that night described a man they say stood outside the restaurant armed with a rifle and opened fire.

No one was shot.

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After the shooting, witnesses described seeing the suspect shooter walk away.

Witnesses say the gunman then changed clothes, providing a description. Police arrested Parker in the area later in the night.

A spokesperson at the Jefferson County Jail in Alabama previously confirmed to 10News that Parker was in custody in recent years.

In 2016, he was arrested in Alabama for possession of marijuana and drug trafficking charges. In 2017, he faced charges of distributing methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.

Court records also show that Parker faced capital murder charges when he was a teenager in connection with a shooting from a vehicle.

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A spokesperson with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office said he pleaded guilty to felony murder and was sentenced to twenty years, but part of the sentence was suspended. He served four years.