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Gang members found guilty of shooting up Chico neighborhood

Stockton gang member was convicted by a jury for shooting up a busy intersection and neighborhood in Chico in June.

Posted: Nov. 9, 2017 4:11 PM
Updated: Nov. 9, 2017 4:14 PM

Stockton gang member was convicted by a jury for shooting up a busy intersection and neighborhood in Chico in June.

Butte County Superior Court jury convicted Tyrone Sotolongo of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, personal use of a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, and felon in possession of ammunition.

According to the District Attorney the shooting happened around 1 p.m. on June 7th.

Several calls came into police dispatch from frightened citizens describing Sotolongo shooting at a running victim through a busy traffic intersection.

One of the bullets entered an optometrist’s office and another bullet went through an empty car hitting the driver seat head rest and a child’s car seat.

Once police were on scene Sotolongo jumped into a car driven by Marcelino Juarez and they fled driving speeds up to 70 miles per hour.

The police were able to box the car in a neighborhood and arrested both Sotolongo and Juarez.

Juarez was sentenced on October 11th to 3 years in state prison for evading pursuing officers.

Sotolongo is facing a maximum of 35 years and will be sentenced on January 10th 2018.

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