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John Sauerzopf and Wayne William Robbins Plead Not Guilty to Allegedly Shooting Man Near Vallejo

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Two men have pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the shooting of another man at a homeless encampment near Vallejo last week. The shooting occurred at about 2 p.m. Friday near Sacramento Street and state Highway 37. The victim suffered two gunshot wounds but survived, according to the Solano County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspects — later identified as John Sauerzopf, 58, of American Canyon, and Wayne William Robbins, 52, a Vallejo-area transient — allegedly fled the scene in an aluminum boat, sheriff’s Deputy Daryl Snedeker said. The U.S. Coast Guard stopped the boat in the San Pablo Bay and took Sauerzopf into custody. Robbins was not found in the vessel. Robbins turned himself in to the sheriff’s office on Monday after he learned investigators had been looking for him at his previous address over the past two days, Snedeker said.

Both men were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and conspiracy. Robbins also was arrested for being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, Snedeker said. They pleaded not guilty to the charges against them on Tuesday, and their preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 13. The shooting allegedly stemmed from an argument regarding either possessions or “ownership” of a campsite in the homeless camp, Snedeker said.

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