Two gang members were convicted Wednesday of attempted murder and other charges for two separate shootings that injured a man and nearly injured his two younger brothers in San Francisco’s Hunters Point neighborhood in 2009, prosecutors said today. Rashad Brown, 25, and Anthony Taylor, 23, were convicted of two counts each of attempted murder as well as various gang and gun allegations for the shootings in the first block of West Point Road on April 28 and May 16, 2009, according to the district attorney’s office. In the earlier shooting, Brown shot at the victim as he stood in front of his home. The bullets missed him, but grazed a baby stroller, nearly hitting his 5-year-old brother, prosecutors said. In the latter shooting, the victim was cutting his 12-year-old brother’s hair outside their home when Taylor approached and shot him nine times. The victim survived the shooting, prosecutors said.
Investigators said the shootings occurred because the suspects believed that the victim was a “snitch” and that Brown and Taylor were both members of the Westmob criminal street gang. After a trial that lasted more than two months, a San Francisco Superior Court jury found both defendants guilty of all counts following about three hours of deliberation, prosecutors said. Brown and Taylor are each facing multiple life terms in prison when they are sentenced on July 22. “These defendants have terrorized a community and kept people in fear. They have forfeited their right to live in our community,” District Attorney George Gascon said in a statement.
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