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Oklahoma Vice: Former California gang member charged in shooting

A self-proclaimed former Norteño gang member from California has been involved in two Oklahoma City shooting incidents in less than a year, police records show. 

Sean Alexander Bernardo, 26, is charged with shooting with intent to kill after he allegedly shot a man in the leg in northeast Oklahoma City in March. In August 2016, Bernardo also allegedly chased down a man and woman he was feuding with into the parking lot of a northwest Oklahoma City grocery store, firing a gun at the truck they were in. 

In the most recent shooting, Oklahoma City Police's anti-gang unit responded to Presbyterian Hospital the evening of March 20 after the 36-year old victim drove himself to the emergency room with a gunshot wound to the leg, according to a police report.

Bernardo allegedly began firing on the victim at the intersection of NE 30 and Fonshill, where he was holding a handgun and waiting outside of his car for the victim to pulled up to a stop sign, according to charges filed in Oklahoma County District Court. 

The victim allegedly knew Bernardo and identified him in a photograph as the person who shot him.  

In August 2016,  Bernardo allegedly got into a physical altercation with a neighbor an apartment complex near NW 23 and Ann Arbor, according to court documents. After the fight, witnesses saw Bernardo load a gun and get into an SUV. A car chase ensued in which Bernardo allegedly pursued a man and woman who were involved in the fight through the parking lot of a nearby Crest grocery store, firing a handgun at them and the truck they were driving, according to court documents. Bernardo allegedly shot out one of the truck's tires and then pursued the male victim on foot into the grocery store. 

Bernardo is facing felony charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of money from drug proceeds stemming from the August 2016 incident.  Bernardo was out on bond in March when the Northeast Oklahoma City shooting occurred. 

After the 2016 shooting incident, a friend drove Bernardo to the emergency room at Deaconess Hospital to  treat the injuries he sustained in the fight. Bernardo initially told police who questioned him at the hospital that a man who was high on PCP assaulted him with a brick in the parking lot of the Crest store. Police observed that Bernardo's arms were covered "numerous geographical and gang-related tattoos. " He told police he was a "North-side drop out" from the Sacramento-area Norteño gang, according to a police affidavit.   Police found a backpack in the car Bernardo was brought to the hospital in that contained several plastic baggies of marijuana and about $5,100 in cash, according to a police affidavit. 

An attorney who is representing Bernardo in the 2016 incident declined to comment. 

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Brianna Bailey

Brianna Bailey joined The Oklahoman in January 2013 as a business writer. During her time at The Oklahoman, she has walked across Oklahoma City twice, once north-to-south down Western Avenue, and once east-to-west, tracing the old U.S. Route 66.... Read more ›