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Oak Park gang member convicted in South Sacramento drive-by killing

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  — An Oak Park Bloods gang member was convicted of first-degree murder stemming from a drive-by killing in 2017, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday.

Lakquan Solomon was convicted, in addition to the murder charge, of shooting from a motor vehicle, intentional discharge of a firearm, vicarious arming, and a gang enhancement charge. Solomon was also found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Deputy District Attorney Kristen Anderson of the Gang & Hate Crimes Unit said Solomon shot Brandon Campbell, a man standing outside of his home in South Sacramento, in September of 2017 after briefly speaking to him and flipping a U-turn up the street. Solomon allegedly shot Campbell several times with a 12-gauge shotgun at close range. Investigators believe the killing to be linked to a series of gang-related shootings.

Solomon faces a maximum of 90 years to life in prison. He’s scheduled to return to court on June 11 before the Honorable Steve White in Department 4, where an alleged 2011 strike conviction for robbery will be determined.

The Oak Park Bloods were formed in the early 1980s by gang members from Los Angeles who traveled to Northern California during the crack epidemic. The gang is one of the oldest Blood gangs in South Sacramento, with subsets consisting of the Fourth Ave Bloods, 33rd Street, and the 12th Ave Bloods.

Ethan Biando
Ethan Biando is a freelance journalist from Sacramento. His writing focuses on crime, courts, and policing. Find him on Twitter @ethanb822

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