Fresno gang member pleads no contest to shooting rival

The Fresno BeeJune 20, 2014 

A gang member has pleaded no contest in Fresno County Superior Court to shooting and wounding a rival outside a southeast Fresno market in March.

Charles Devonte Williams, 18, was charged initially with attempted murder, assault with a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm in public and street terrorism.

Thursday, he pleaded no contest to assault with a firearm and street terrorism. In exchange for his plea, the other charges were dismissed.

He faces 10 years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 8.

The shooting happened March 16 at Church Market near Maples and Church avenues.

Police said the victim, a 26-year-old man, argued with William and his sister, Shacola Muhammad, inside the store shortly before noon. Their argument then spilled outside the store, where Williams pulled a handgun out of his backpack and fired several rounds at the victim, police said. The victim was suffered a graze wound to his head.

Before police arrived, Williams and his sister left in a GMC Yukon SUV. When the siblings returned to the store around 3:30 p.m. to purchase cigarettes, a detective, who was still inside the store conducting his investigation, recognized the pair and took them into custody. Williams admitted to his role in the shooting and detectives recovered a gun inside Williams' backpack. His sister was not charged.

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