A 35-year-old St. Paul man was found guilty Thursday in Dakota County District Court of first-degree attempted murder and three other felonies for a shooting last August in West St. Paul.

Jorge R. Vasquez tried to kill his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend.

According to the criminal complaint, police were sent to an apartment complex in West St. Paul about 2 p.m. on Aug. 18. They found a man with gunshot wounds to his arm and leg.

A witness told officers that Vasquez pulled up to a garage where the witness and other men were hanging out, drinking beer. Vasquez didn’t say a word, but pointed a gun out of the car window and started shooting.

Six shell casings were found at the scene.

Vasquez was arrested at his apartment in St. Paul, but refused to tell investigators what had happened. The gun used in the shooting was found there.

Vasquez’s girlfriend told police that she’d had a relationship with the victim two years earlier, but hadn’t had any contact with him since.

The jury deliberated about four hours before finding Vasquez guilty of attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, second-degree assault and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Vasquez had been released from prison in March 2014 after being convicted of first-degree aggravated robbery.

District Judge Timothy McManus set sentencing for April 16.

 

Pat Pheifer