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OXNARD : Man Held in Gun Accident at Party

A 22-year-old Oxnard man trying to break up a fight at a party early Tuesday by shooting his handgun into the air was arrested by Ventura County sheriff’s deputies after he accidentally wounded a party-goer, authorities said.

Leonardo Bravo Sanchez was among five to 10 men attending a party at about 1:45 a.m. in the yard of a home in the 3400 block of Somis Road, Sheriff’s Sgt. Keith Lazz said.

When a fistfight broke out among the party-goers, Sanchez shot a 9 millimeter semiautomatic handgun into the air about half a dozen times, Lazz said.

But one of the shots struck Fernando Padilla, causing a serious laceration but no internal damage, Lazz said. Padilla was treated at Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo and released. No one else was injured.

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Sanchez was arrested on suspicion of discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner and causing injury, a felony.

He is being held at Ventura County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail and faces arraignment on Thursday, a jail official said.


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