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Stockton gang member convicted for Chico shooting

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OROVILLE, Calif. - A Stockton gang member was convicted on Thursday for a Chico shooting that took place on June 7 at a busy intersection.

According to District Attorney Mike Ramsey, Tyrone Sotolongo, 24, was convicted of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, personal use of a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm and felon in possession of ammunition. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on a charge of possession of heroin for sale.

Police investigators believed that the shooting, which took place around 1 p.m. near the intersection of Esplanade and Cohasset Road, was connected to a possible drug deal gone awry.

Sotolongo chased and fired at least nine shots from a 9mm semi-automatic handgun at a 23-year-old victim, also of Stockton.

Security video also showed Sotolongo firing through busy traffic in an attempt to hit his intended target. One bullet entered an open optometrist's office and a second bullet penetrated an unoccupied car - striking a child's car seat and the driver's headrest.

Ramsey said "This shooting took place on a weekday afternoon in an area with heavy traffic and multiple open businesses. Sotolongo's conduct was horribly dangerous and it was very fortunate no one was struck by any of the multiple rounds fired. At the time of the shooting, numerous witnesses spoke with the police which facilitated the quick apprehension of a dangerous offender."

Sotolongo is facing a maximum of 35 years 8 months at his scheduled sentencing on January 10, 2018.

Marcelino Juarez, who was found connected to the incident, was sentenced on October 11, 2017, to three years in state prison for a charge of evading pursuing officers.

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