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Charges dismissed against suspect in Oceano Dunes shooting case

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Posted at 11:18 AM, Sep 16, 2020

Charges are dropped against the man accused of attempted murder and other charges after a weekend shooting at the Oceano Dunes in May 2019.

District Attorney Dan Dow dismissed the charges against Francisco Orozco Wednesday after additional investigation, forensic testing and the key witness becoming uncooperative. He says there's significant doubt that it can be proven that Orozco was a shooter.

Francisco Orozco, 19, of Oakland was charged with one count of attempted murder, as well as five counts of assault with a semi-automatic handgun and four enhancements for personally inflicting great bodily injury.

Six people were injured in the shooting just after midnight on Sunday, May 5.

The District Attorney’s Office says several people may have fired guns during the incident, but one witness identified Orozco as a shooter. That same witness later expressed unwillingness to cooperate with any prosecution.

“We strongly encourage victims of all crime to report what they have seen and heard to law enforcement and support the prosecution so that we may pursue justice on behalf of the survivors and the community. The success of our justice system depends on the willingness of individuals to stand up and be heard in court,” said District Attorney Dow.

The District Attorney’s Office will continue to evaluate developing evidence in the case.