Carlos Santos Moreno is found guilty of shooting a teen driver, almost killing him in a 2018 incident
PORTERVILLE – Earlier this month a Tulare County jury handed down their guilty verdict, putting an attempted murder all but behind bars.
According to the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office, on Monday, Oct. 4, Carlos Santos Moreno, 41, was found guilty of premeditated attempted murder with the special allegation of using a firearm causing great bodily injury, shooting at an occupied vehicle, assault with a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Moreno has prior convictions for robbery for the benefit of a criminal street gang, felony domestic violence, and drug sales.
A DA’s press release stated that at around 3 a.m. on June 30, 2018, a group of young adults were having a party by the Tule River in Porterville when a Chevy truck with two juvenile teens drove up and began harassing the group by doing doughnuts. While doing doughnuts, the truck struck one of the partygoers and immediately fled the scene. The victim pursued the vehicle to obtain its license plate. During the pursuit, the teen driver of the Chevy truck contacted his mother’s boyfriend, Moreno, by phone. Moreno instructed the teen to lure the vehicle to his house.
When the victim arrived at Moreno’s house, Moreno confronted the victim with a firearm. As the victim fled, Moreno shot at the victim several times—one shot hitting the victim in the back, approximately six inches below the victim’s head. Through investigation, officers were able to trace the juvenile teen driver of the Chevy truck to Moreno, who was living on the street where the shooting occurred. Officers executed a search warrant of the house, and located the firearm used against the victim hidden in a microwave within a locked garage.
Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 5, 2021, in the Tulare County Superior Court where Moreno faces 56 years to life in prison.