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Gang member convicted in 2013 shooting that left victim with brain injury

A gang member accused of a 2013 shooting that left the victim with a permanent brain injury has been convicted by a Sacramento County jury.

Jorge Castaneda, 23, was found guilty of shooting into an occupied vehicle, discharging a firearm causing great bodily injury and gang enhancements, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

On May 24, 2013, Fermin Ramirez was driving on Bell Avenue in Sacramento’s Robla area with his brother, Francisco Ramirez. He drove through a group of males walking in the street, then made a U-turn because he was lost, authorities said. As the two men drove through the group again in the opposite direction, Castaneda showed them a gun he had in his waistband. Castaneda then fired five shots at the back of Ramirez’s car as they drove away.

Francisco Ramirez was struck in the head by a bullet. He was taken to UC Davis Medical Center, where he remains in a vegetative state, authorities said.

Sacramento police recovered surveillance footage from local businesses around the shooting area. Fermin Ramirez identified Castaneda, who was a member of the Westgate Norteño gang, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Castaneda is to be sentenced Nov. 13 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Maryanne Gilliard

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy