Alleged gang member accused of Oakland murder in July shooting

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OAKLAND (BCN) — A reputed gang member has been charged with one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder for allegedly firing shots that killed a man and wounded three other people in East Oakland in July.

Honorio Hernandez-Meza, 27, is charged in the shooting death of 40-year-old Alberto Juarez of Oakland in the 9200 block of Holly Street at about 1:15 a.m. on July 24.

Oakland police Officer Phong Tran wrote in a probable cause statement that Hernandez-Meza belongs to the Norteno gang and in the early morning hours of July 24, his associates had knocked a member of the rival Border Brothers gang unconscious.

Tran wrote that Juarez tried to stop the Norteno members from continuing to assault the Border Brothers member but Hernandez-Meza pulled out a firearm “and began shooting deliberately at Juarez and the crowd behind him.”

Juarez was struck multiple times and died at the scene. Three other people who were standing in close proximity to Juarez were also struck by gunfire and were transported to Highland Hospital in Oakland but survived their injuries, Tran wrote.

Hernandez-Meza “was positively identified by multiple witnesses and physical evidence as the sole shooting suspect in the incident,” the officer wrote.

Hernandez-Meza was arrested at his home in Woodland on Oct. 20 and was recently arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland.

He’s being held in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin without bail and is scheduled to return to court on Dec. 9 to enter a plea.

In addition to the murder and attempted murder charges, Hernandez-Meza is charged with unlawful firearm activity because prosecutors allege that it was unlawful for him to possess a firearm since he was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon within the past 10 years.

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