Teen wanted in Fairfield shooting case turns himself in

By From page A3 | November 22, 2012

Suspects in a Sept. 2 drive-by shooting in Fairfield are shown in photos provided by the Fairfield Police Department.

Suspects in a Sept. 2 drive-by shooting in Fairfield are shown in photos provided by the Fairfield Police Department.

FAIRFIELD — A 19-year-old Fairfield man who police believe is a gang member and who may soon face attempted murder and assault charges turned himself in Wednesday to police.

Fernando Hernandez will likely be arraigned Monday afternoon on charges that could lead to a life sentence in prison if he is found guilty.

Fairfield police believe Hernandez was the driver of a gold SUV in which one of his buddies, Enrique Tabares, pulled a gun, stood up through an open sunroof and fired several shots at a group of men walking on East Pacific Street on the night of Sept. 2. One of the three men was shot in the abdomen. Hernandez allegedly blurted out gang-related taunts to the group of men before the shots were fired.

Tabares, 19, pleaded not guilty Tuesday and is set to stand trial starting Jan. 15, 2013, on attempted murder and assault charges.

Two other companions who police believe were also in the car are set to be in court Monday to see if they will have a probable cause hearing the next day. Eric Rios and Omar Orozco, both 19, have pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and felony assault charges.

All four suspects also face gang-related charges that could lead to several additional years behind bars if they are convicted.

Fairfield police gang task force members are still hunting for additional suspects who they believe were in the vehicle at the time of the shooting.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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