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Man sentenced in a shooting that started when a customer complained about bad heroin

A 20-year-old man will face 32 years to life in jail for shooting a man who complained about being sold poor quality heroin in August 2016, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.

A jury found Damien Tardy guilty of attempted murder last year in connection to the shooting, in which prosecutors argued the victim met Tardy at a south Sacramento motel to purchase heroin. The victim later returned to the motel, complaining the drug was of poor quality.

The two men then drove to an area in North Sacramento to buy better-quality heroin and sat in the car for a few minutes after the purchase, the District Attorney’s Office said.

That’s when Tardy left the car, opened the trunk and pulled out a gun. He fired two shots at the victim, who was hit in the head and the neck. The victim tried to crawl away from Tardy, who then fired more shots.

Police arrived and found the victim with additional bullet wounds to his torso and leg. He survived after several surgeries.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley sentenced Tardy.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets