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Sacramento jury convicts gang member in 2014 assault

A man charged in a 2014 gang-related shooting on Fruitridge Road has been convicted by a Sacramento County jury.

Christopher Schulz, 25, was found guilty Thursday of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, discharging a firearm at an inhabited vehicle and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.

The jury also found Schulz was subject to enhancements for personal use of a gun, intentional discharge of a gun and gang activity.

Christopher Treadway, 21, previously pleaded no contest to assault with a semiautomatic firearm and a gang enhancement involving the same incident.

On Sept. 15, 2014, the victim was leaving a gas station when he saw Schulz and Treadway walking on Fruitridge Road and a third person riding a bike. The victim watched as the three got into an argument.

The individual on the bike rode to the other side of the victim’s car, placing the victim between the parties. The victim got out of the car with a crowbar and Treadway pulled out a gun. Schulz grabbed the gun and fired shots at the victim, authorities said.

The victim drove away in his car, hitting Schulz, and Schulz shot again at the fleeing vehicle.

Throughout the incident, Schulz repeatedly yelled “Diamonds,” authorities said, noting that Schulz is a Varrio Diamonds gang member and Treadway is a Franklon Norteño gang member.

Schulz has a prior 2011 strike conviction under California’s “three-strikes” law for residential burglary. He is to be sentenced June 10 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Helena Gweon.

Treadway is to be sentenced June 17, also by Gweon.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy