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Butte County DA: Man charged in 2021 Chico gas station shooting | News

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BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – A Chico man appeared in Butte County Superior Court Thursday to face charges related to an apparent 2021 gang-related shooting in Chico, Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said.

Raul Daniel Linarez-Rodriguez, 34, of Chico is charged with assault with a semi-automatic firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, evading police, and resisting arrest.

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Ramsey said the charges stem from the shooting of a 25-year-old Chico man in October 2021 and a police pursuit in November 2021.

On Oct. 27, 2021, around 10 p.m., Ramsey said Chico Police responded to the Mobile Gas Station on Longfellow Ave. in Chico for a report of an assault with a firearm.

Witnesses reported three shots were fired.

Before officers arrived at the scene, Ramsey said the victim was transported to Enloe Medical Center in a private vehicle and the shooter fled the area. 

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Ramsey said shell casings were located by Chico Police near where the shooter was seen behind the gas station. A parked car at the In Motion Fitness parking lot was also located by police with an apparent bullet hole in the windshield.

According to Ramsey, detectives determined the victim had been working as a clerk at the gas station at the time of the shooting and was shot in the upper thigh/hip area.

The victim told detectives he did not know the shooter, Ramsey said.

Upon obtaining security video from the gas station of the incident, Ramsey said detectives believed the shooter to be Linarez-Rodriguez who they described as a well-known member of a local criminal street gang.

Linarez-Rodriguez had a previous conviction for a similar shooting in 2005, according to Ramsey.  

A probable cause arrest warrant was then obtained by detectives, Ramsey said. 

Chico Police spotted Linarez-Rodriguez on November 20, 2021, in a vehicle in the Safeway shopping center on East Ave.

Linarez-Rodriguez fled the area when police attempted to stop him, Ramsey said. A vehicle chase ensued through the shopping center parking lot and east into a residential area.

Linarez-Rodriguez abandoned his vehicle in the neighborhood and fled on foot, Ramsey said. After a foot pursuit, he was apprehended by police. 

A resident in the area where Linarez-Rodriguez was apprehended reported finding a loaded gun on his lawn to Chico Police. The gun was taken into evidence. 

Physical evidence, including the shell casings and the firearm found on the resident’s lawn, was sent to the California Department of Justice Laboratory in Chico for analysis.

Ramsey said ballistics testing done at the lab determined that the gun found on the lawn was the same gun used in the October 2021 shooting.  

“Detectives believe the gas station shooting was done in retaliation for a previous incident in which rival gang members attacked Linarez-Rodriguez. Linarez-Rodriguez mistakenly believed the gas station victim was associated with that gang,” Ramsey wrote.

Linarez-Rodriguez was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to all charges. 

He is in custody at the Butte County Jail without bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 8.  

If convicted on all charges, Linarez-Rodriguez could be sentenced to over 30 years in state prison, Ramsey said.