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Drug deal gone bad results in attempted murder conviction in Sacramento

A jury convicted a man on Wednesday of attempted murder in a drug-related shooting in Sacramento.

The jury also found that the man, Damien Lee Tardy, 19, intentionally discharged a firearm, causing his victim “great bodily injury.”

Shortly after midnight on Aug. 2, 2016, Tardy and another man met the victim at a motel in south Sacramento to sell him heroin, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. The buyer returned to the motel after deeming the drugs to be of poor quality, and all three men left for North Sacramento to supposedly purchase better quality heroin.

According to the DA’s Office, the three men stopped the car and sat inside for a few minutes. Tardy left the car saying he had to retrieve something from the trunk. The victim, who was not identified, got out of the car. Tardy drew a gun and shot the victim in the head and neck. The victim sought to crawl away, and Tardy shot him again in the torso and leg.

Police who arrived at the scene took the victim to a hospital for multiple surgeries, the DA’s Office said. Tardy is set to be sentenced Aug 23.

Hannah Knowles: 916-321-1141, @KnowlesHannah