Oswaldo Sotello, 14, Tried as Adult on Attempted Murder and Street Terrorism Counts

Oswaldo Sotello, 14, Tried as Adult on Attempted Murder and Street Terrorism Counts

A 14-year-old boy accused of shooting and causing great bodily harm to a 16-year-old boy outside Santa Ana High School April 27 will be charged as an adult on felony attempted murder and street terrorism counts, prosecutors announced.

Held in lieu of $1 million bail, Oswaldo Sotello of Santa Ana faces up to 40 years to life in state prison if he is convicted.

As students were leaving the high school around 3 p.m. on April 27, Sotello and the unidentified 16-year-old got into a verbal argument off school grounds. The 14-year-old is accused of pulling out a gun and firing a round into the other boy's chest before taking off. The 16-year-old was taken to a local hospital, where he was last reported in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the upper torso.

Santa Ana Police officers arrested Sotello, a suspected gang member, on Thursday. He is charged with one felony count of attempted murder and one felony count of street terrorism with sentencing enhancements for the personal discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury and criminal street gang activity. His continued arraignment scheduled May 25 in Santa Ana.

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Meanwhile, the investigation into the shooting continues. Anyone with information is asked to call 855.TIP.OCCS, the witness information gang hotline at 714.245.8648 or Supervising District Attorney Investigator Curtis McLean at 714.347.8521.

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