Former UFC star Cain Velasquez was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following a shooting in the South Bay Monday. New reports reveal that he may have been targeting a man suspected of abusing a family member.
Velasquez was aiming to shoot Harry Eugene Goularte, who had just been arraigned on Friday on felony count of a lewd and lascivious act with a child under the age of 14, according to The Denver Post.
The newspaper reported that Cain shot at a car Goularte and two others were in. The bullet allegedly struck Goularte’s stepfather instead.
Goularte’s accuser is a relative of Velasquez, the newspaper said, citing court records and sources. The child was abused by Goularte at his mother’s day care center, where the suspect also lived, according to the report.
The alleged sex abuser was granted supervised release, despite objections from California prosecutors, the paper said.
Velasquez, 39, was charged with attempted murder. The man he shot was expected to survive, police said, as they released a mugshot of the retired MMA fighter looking smug and satisfied.
Velasquez was being held behind bars with no bail and was reportedly set to be arraigned Wednesday.