Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Two men convicted in 2016 gang shooting

Two gang members were convicted Monday for a 2016 shooting that killed one man and wounded two women.

A jury found 26-year-old Quaid Cornell and 22-year-old Andre Haynes, both of San Bernardino, guilty of First Degree Murder, two counts of First Degree Attempted Murder, and found true gang and gun allegations.

On August 27, 2016, the two defendants and another subject approached a San Bernardino apartment complex to carry out a retaliation shooting against a rival gang.

No members of the rival gang were at the apartment complex. Instead, Dawn Sutton, her fiancée Harold Cook and their neighbor Ellen Wimbish were sitting in the parking lot in front of the apartment complex talking.

According to Deputy District Attorney Reza Daghbandan, who prosecuted the case, the defendants and a third member of their gang shot a combined 31 rounds at the victims.

“Dawn Sutton was hit once in the thigh with the bullet travelling up her leg and into her pelvis nearly killing her,” said DDA Daghbandan. “Harold Cook, who was disabled and needed a cane to walk, was shot in the back of the neck and killed almost instantly, and Ellen Wimbish was shot twice in the leg.”

None of the victims had gang ties. Cornell and Haynes each face 114 years to life in state prison when sentenced Aug. 27.

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