MELROSE—The suspect responsible for shooting a victim in the face after she tried to confront him for beating a dog, has been arrested and charged. Wilshire Detectives were able to identify the suspect in the shooting leading to his arrest on Wednesday, March 23, the Los Angeles Police Department released in a statement. 

According to the LAPD’s Operations-West Bureau Federal Bureau of Alcohol and Firearms Gun Violence Reduction Task Force were able to apprehend the suspect, Saalih Mousa, 21, who was responsible for the shooting that occurred in the 900 block of North La Brea Avenue on March 21.

The location where the shooting occurred.

At around 7:30 p.m., two witnesses were walking past an apartment complex when they observed the suspect on an apartment balcony physically beating a dog. The witnesses yelled at the suspect to stop and the suspect argued with the witnesses before pulling out a gun and shooting at the witnesses. One victim was shot in the face and transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. 

Mousa’s girlfriend was arrested for being an accessory after the fact and has been identified as 20-year-old Athena Mansour. She is the sister of “The Walking Dead:World Beyond” actress, Alexa Mansour, and the owner of a lash company called Curlys Collection.

Alexa (left) and Athena Mansour

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office filed one count of 664/187PC- Attempted Murder on Mousa with a bail of $1 million, on Friday, March 25. Mousa is still in custody. 

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office filed one count of 32PC – Accessory After the Fact for Mansour with a bail of $500,000. Prosecutors decided not to press criminal charges against Mansour and she was issued a citation on Thursday, March 24. 

Neither Mousa or Mansour have been charged with animal abuse.

The two dogs, later identified as “Cash” and “Dinero,” are French Bull Dogs, the Los Angeles Animal Services advised. Cash and Dinero have been released to a responsible party connected to Mansour as of Thursday, March 24. 

LAPD Detective Megan Aguilar confirmed with Canyon News that the victim is recovering and in stable condition.