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* Vacaville alleged gang shootings leaves Jose Rosales wounded and Gumercindo Joel Pena dead

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Vacaville police said a shooting Tuesday might be in retaliation for the murder of an 18-year-old man Sunday evening.Jose Rosales, 20, of Vacaville was shot once in the head Tuesday and was taken to a hospital emergency room, Lt. Randy Weaver said.Rosales is affiliated with the Sureno gang and he is expected to survive and be released from the hospital soon, Weaver said.

Rosales has had numerous contacts with police, Weaver said. The place where he was shot has not been confirmed because Rosales has changed his story several times, Weaver said.Rosales also has been unwilling to identify the person who shot him, Weaver said.Police believe that shooting is related to the Sunday murder of 18-year-old Gumercindo Joel Pena, of Vacaville, that happened at about 10 p.m. in the 300 block of Berryessa Drive, Weaver said.

Police said Pena might have been passing through the neighborhood when he was shot and several vehicles were seen leaving the area after the gunfire.Detectives are investigating the possibility that Rosales was shot in retaliation for Pena’s murder and that the shootings involved rival gang members, Weaver said.Pena has been identified as a Norteno gang member and was on probation at the time of his death, Weaver said.

Pena also was shot in the back with a small caliber handgun at Trower Park in April 2010, Weaver said. He suffered minor injuries and never identified the shooting suspect, Weaver said.Weaver said police are concerned about the potential for more violence and are warning residents to be cautious and aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity to police.Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call police at (707) 449-5200

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