Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Prosecutors charge man in connection to drive-by shooting in Northeast

Jackson County Prosecutors today announced that Francisco J. Cota has been charged with two counts of first degree assault, two counts of armed criminal action and one count of unlawful use of a weapon. The charges stem from a drive-by shooting near 6th and Van Brunt Boulevard Monday.

According to court documents, witnesses said a white Lincoln Towncar drove by a residence and "threw up a gang sign." Then, about 30 minutes later, the same car drove by again and an occupant of the vehicle began shooting at a group of people. Two people sustained gun shots to their legs but the apparent target of the shooting - with whom Cota allegedly had a long-running feud - was unharmed. Police later arrested Cota and a 15-year-old juvenile were later arrested after being identified as the suspects. Two 9mm shell casings were recovered from the car.

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