Graffiti may be in response to Orland fatal shooting

By GREG WELTER – Staff Writer
Article Launched: 04/23/2008 12:00:00 AM PDT

ORLAND — Police said graffiti found in two very public places Tuesday morning is gang-related, and may be in response to the fatal shooting of a Sacramento man in Orland Monday morning.

Police Chief Bob Pasero said several spray-painted symbols were reported just after midnight Monday on Sav-Mor Market on Walker Street and the Moose Lodge on Fifth Street. Most of the symbols suggested they were made by a rival gang of the group thought to be responsible for the shooting.

One symbol found — “187” — refers to the California Penal Code statute defining murder.

“It is our hope to be able to nip this before any other family has to deal with the loss of a loved one,” Pasero said in an e-mail to the media.

The victim in Monday’s homicide, Arcadio Guillen, 18, was shot in the head by one or more young Hispanic men who approached him outside a taco wagon on Highway 99W about 11 a.m.

On Tuesday Pasero said his department had information that Guillen had been a member of a criminal street gang, and said he was wearing attire symbolic of the gang on Monday.

Guillen and his brother, Joel Guillen, 20, had just purchased food at a taco wagon, and were apparently attempting to avoid the group by driving away when shots rang out.

Guillen was able to drive about a mile before passing out. Officers found him dead behind the wheel on the Highway 99W bridge over Stony Creek.

Joel Guillen wasn’t injured.

Police are looking for five to seven suspects who confronted the Guillen brothers Monday morning. Three bullet casings were found at the scene.

Pasero said a .40-caliber semiautomatic hand gun was used, but the weapon wasn’t recovered. He said no weapons were found in the Buick sedan occupied by the Guillens.

The victim and his brother, both from Sacramento, may have been in Orland Monday working, but also have relatives in Corning. One of them was just arriving to meet the brothers for lunch Monday when the shooting took place.

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