Crime - Sacto 911

Sacramento jury convicts man of shooting college students at 2013 party

A Sacramento County jury has returned a guilty verdict against a man accused of shooting four college students following a party in May 2013.

Tino Perez, 24, was convicted Friday of premeditated attempted murder, assault with a firearm and committing the crime for the benefit of the Norteños criminal street gang, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

On May 11, 2013, the California State University, Sacramento, golf team held a party, and Perez along with his friends arrived uninvited, authorities said. After the host ended the party early, several fights occurred. Four college students saw a man arguing with a woman and thought he was going to hit her. The students intervened and persuaded the man to leave.

Perez arrived at the scene after the man had left. He asked the woman, who was his friend, if everything was OK, and she told him the four bystanders had helped her. Despite this, authorities said, Perez pulled out a gun and shot the four college students.

Perez is to be sentenced Jan. 23 in Sacramento Superior Court.

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