Oxnard man convicted in fatal gang-related shooting in 2021

An Oxnard man has been convicted of first-degree murder in a gang-related shooting a year ago in south Oxnard.

A jury found Jason Armenta, 21, guilty of murder and attempted murder on Tuesday in Ventura County Superior Court. Jurors also found true special enhancements: that the crimes were committed to benefit the Squires Drive criminal street gang and that Armenta had used a criminal while carrying them out, according to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office.

The shooting took place shortly before 7 pm on April 4, 2021 — Easter Sunday — in the 600 block of Howell Road, near the intersection with Squires Drive. The site is in the Cypress neighborhood south of Pleasant Valley Road.

Jason Armenta

The victim, Cristobal Gonzalez, 20, of Oxnard, was found by police with a single bullet wound to the back of the head.

Following an Oxnard Police Department investigation, which coordinated cell phone records with a series of surveillance cameras, detectives were able to track Armenta to the scene of the crime and match his vehicle to the shooting.

Armenta had been patrolling Squires Drive gang territory to target perceived Southside gang rivals, according to prosecutors. Video and cell phone records showed he targeted Gonzalez and another male.

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