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Thursday, 27 May 2010

He survives war, but is shot in his front yard | gang, escobar, arroyo - News - The Orange County Register


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He survives war, but is shot in his front yard | gang, escobar, arroyo - News - The Orange County Register: "He never saw the gunman. He never heard the gun. He and his family were innocent bystanders, completely unaware that there was a gang retaliation shooting under way.
“But I knew what that sound was because I’ve heard it before,” Escobar testified last week. “Everyone went down to the ground.”
He said at first, he thought they had all escaped injury. But seconds later, “I felt something on my face.”
As the gang members piled into a Nissan Altima and sped away from his normally quiet neighborhood, Escobar looked into the rear-view mirror of another sister’s Toyota parked in their driveway on Lorna Street.
He saw blood.
One of the bullets had struck him in the face near his nose, and had exited out his left cheek: two inches over and the bullet would have slammed into his temple. He was lucky to be alive.
Escobar, now 28, had spent nine months in Iraq in combat without getting a scratch, only to get shot in the face during one afternoon in his front yard in Orange County.
Garden Grove police later arrested two reputed male members of the Darkside street gang. Prosecutors charged them with attempted murder, conspiracy and gang charges.
Deputy District Attorney Paul Chrisopoulos contended during a trial that gang members Adrian Arroyo, now 20, and Oscar Torres, now 21, drove into Escobar’s neighborhood about 6 p.m. on May 11, 2007 seeking to retaliate against rivals from the 18th Street gang for an incident earlier in the day.
Several 18th Street gang members had allegedly confronted Arroyo in their territory that morning, had threatened him and chased him away, the prosecutor contended. Arroyo returned hours later


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