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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What was outcome of 1980s gang shootout in Del Paso Heights?

Published: Friday, Jul. 11, 2014 - 10:08 pm

There was a gang shootout between two sides in Del Paso Heights in the ’80s or ’90s. I think it was over gang-related territory. What was the outcome and who was involved?

– Sarah, Sacramento

The Bee’s archives include an account of a running gun battle through the streets of Del Paso Heights in February 1988 that involved feuding cliques of a North Sacramento gang.

Four men were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, and two others, including a 17-year-old who was wounded, were booked on suspicion of firing a gun at an occupied building.

Police said Michael Esquivel, 23, and a 17-year-old allegedly fired several shots toward a house in the 500 block of Hayes Avenue shortly after 11 p.m.

Four members of another faction of the Varrio Norte Sacramento gang then jumped into a car and a 10-minute chase ensued. The pursuing gang members reportedly fired a number of shots into Esquivel’s car near Interstate 80 and Norwood Avenue, and the 17-year-old suffered a minor wound to his shoulder.

Sacramento police officers stopped both cars near Northgate Boulevard and reportedly found a sawed-off .22 caliber rifle in the pursuit car. Two more rifles were found nearby.

Arrested on suspicion of attempted murder were the four men in the pursuing car: Leon Peralez, then 21, David Peralez, 26, Avery Adkins Jr., 22, and Mark Guadiana, 26.

According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, Adkins was found guilty by trial of having a firearm in a vehicle during the commission of a gang crime and sentenced to 16 months in state prison. Leon Peralez pleaded guilty to the same charge and was sentenced to 45 days in custody and five years probation. A misdemeanor charge against Guadiana was dismissed after conviction and he was sentenced to five years probation. Online court records revealed no charges in the case against David Peralez or Esquivel.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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