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Auroran faces at least 20 years in two Labor Day shootings

Alejandro Rodriguez faces up 20 years prisan Aurorshooting.

Alejandro Rodriguez faces up to 20 years in prison in an Aurora shooting.

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Updated: November 17, 2012 8:02PM

A 21-year-old Aurora man will be sent to prison for at least 20 years for his involvement in two gang-related shootings over the Labor Day weekend in 2011.

On Thursday, a Kane County jury convicted Alejandro Rodriguez, of the 1300 block of Indian Avenue, of armed violence, aggravated discharge of a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school, aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm by a street gang member, all felonies.

Rodriguez faces a sentence of 20 to 60 years in prison.

According to prosecutors, Rodriguez, a street gang member, was the passenger in a vehicle on Aurora’s near East Side on the afternoon of Sept. 3, 2011. Police said as they approached State and Kane streets, they came upon a man they believed to be a rival gang member. Prosecutors said Rodriguez began to argue with the man, and then pulled out a revolver, firing three shots.

The shots missed the victim, but hit a nearby house and vehicle.

A short time later, Rodriguez and his fellow gang member approached Beach Street and Columbia Street, where they came upon a second man they believed to be a rival gang member. Prosecutors said Rodriguez fired another three shots at the second victim, missing him, and again striking a nearby house and car.

A witness of the second shooting called 911. After a brief search of the neighborhood, police found Rodriguez with five rounds of ammunition for the Smith & Wesson revolver used in the shootings. During a subsequent search of his home, police said they found more than 300 rounds ammunition for the Smith & Wesson.

“These were brazen acts of gang violence carried out in broad daylight on a holiday weekend that put the safety of the public in grave danger,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said.

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