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18-year-old charged with attempted murder for 2020 shooting in Chico

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18-year-old charged with attempted murder for 2020 shooting in Chico

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - An 18-year-old is being tried as an adult and was charged with attempted murder with great bodily injury and possession of an illegal assault weapon, according to the Butte County Superior Court.

Deshawn Kelley was charged Friday in connection to a shooting on the bike path near Rio Linda Ave. in Chico on May 13, 2020.

On that day, police received several reports of gunshots in that area and an officer responded to the area.

When the officer arrived at the scene, the officer found a 23-year-old man with numerous gunshot wounds. The man was transported to Enloe Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Officers began investigating by gathering surveillance videos, witness statements and phone records that later identified Kelley, who was 17 at the time, as the suspect.

Police determined Kelley went to the bike path with a semi-auto pistol to confront a high school classmate.

Kelley was walking down the bike path when he heard a bicyclist coming from behind and he hid in bushes. When the bicyclist got with three to five feet, Kelley jumped out of the bushes and unloaded the entire magazine, according to District Attorney Mike Ramsey.

The 23-year-old victim told detectives Kelley did not say anything to him before shooting him and the investigation revealed the two did not know each other.

Detectives then learned Kelley took off for Southern California after the shooting.

Kelley was located by Chico Police Department on June 17, 2020, and arrested Kelley when he was in possession of an AR-15 style assault rifle.

Ramsey filed charges in the juvenile court and petitioned the court have Kelley tried as an adult due to the level of the crime.

On Sept. 1, 2021, a juvenile court judge agreed that Kelley is tried as an adult.

Kelley was transported to the Butte County Jail from the Butte County Juvenile Hall.

Kelley was arraigned in court Friday afternoon and further arraignment and entry of plea are scheduled for Sept. 15. His bail is set at $1,565,000.

Ramsey said the 23-year-old man survived the shooting after a month in ICU and multiple surgeries. The man is still recovering from the injuries he suffered. 

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