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Two gang members plead guilty in City Heights shooting

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two gang members pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted murder and other charges in a shooting last fall that wounded a man in City Heights.

Hector Noe Munguia, 19, faces 21 years in prison, with sentencing set for July 20.

Jesus Roberto Ramirez, 20, could be sentenced to up to nine years behind bars on July 18.

In addition to attempted murder, both defendants pleaded guilty to gang allegations and Munguia admitted being personally armed in the Nov. 16 shooting, said Deputy District Attorney Frank Jackson.

Munguia got into an argument with a perceived rival at a park just before 2 p.m., left, and returned to the area with Ramirez, according to the prosecutor.

Munguia, having armed himself with a sawed-off, pistol-gripped rifle, found his intended target, who was with a female and another male near 52nd Street and Orange Avenue, Jackson said.

"Mr. Ramirez said, `Get them. Shoot them,"' Jackson told Judge David Szumowski at a hearing last November.

Munguia fired, and the man who had joined the intended target was shot, suffering a fractured shoulder blade and a collapsed lung, the prosecutor said.

The defendant then ran after the man he had argued with and fired at him numerous times, with bullets striking parked cars and a shed in the backyard of a house, but missing the man being chased.

Administrators briefly locked students at nearby Fay Elementary into their classrooms while police searched the area by ground and air. Jackson said there was also a preschool in the area.

The defendants were captured about an hour later, after police surrounded an apartment complex on 52nd Street.

Munguia has a juvenile record involving theft and violence, according to Jackson. Ramirez was on probation for driving without a license.


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