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Friday, Apr 19 2013 11:47 AM

Gang member convicted of attempted murder in July shooting

By BREAKING NEWS BLOG

A jury convicted a gang member Thursday of attempted murder and other crimes in connection with a July shooting.

Javier Garcia Lopez, 25, faces life in prison at his May 16 sentencing, according to a Kern County District Attorney's office news release.

Lopez was a member of the Lamont 13 criminal street gang when he and two others confronted a person in Lamont on July 31 about a previous shooting, the news release said. Lopez had shot at the person during the previous shooting, but the victim had not reported that crime.

This time, Lopez shot the victim in the leg and continued to fire at him while chasing him down the street, the news release said. The victim was seriously injured but survived.

Lopez was also found guilty of assault with a gun on a person and participating in a criminal street gang.

- The Californian

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