Key Reno Gang Figure Convicted In August Shooting

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - A key figure in a Reno street gang has been convicted as the gunman in a retaliatory shooting last summer on the city's south side.

Deputy District Attorney Chris Wilson says 18-year-old Luis Eduardo Martinez was found guilty of three counts, including discharging a firearm out of a vehicle and at a structure.

He says Martinez was shooting at a rival gang member when he opened fire Aug. 22 at an apartment complex near Neil Road.

Martinez fled Nevada for a month before he was arrested at a Sparks motel.

Wilson told the Reno Gazette-Journal Martinez was one of the founding members of an affiliate of the Sureno gang and his arrest will go a long way toward "crippling" the gang.

Judge Scott Freeman set sentencing for April 2.