Police seek public’s help in finding gang-shooting fugitive

NATIONAL CITY (CNS) – Authorities have asked the public for help in finding a South Bay gang member who allegedly shot a perceived rival five times outside a convenience store two months ago, leaving him severely wounded.

Javier Ponce of National City is wanted on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the shooting last Aug. 13, police Sgt. Dennis Leach said.

Shortly after midnight that day, Ponce, who is believed to be in his late teens or early 20s, encountered the victim inside a 7-Eleven in the 2400 block of Highland Avenue in National City, according to Leach.

After glaring at the other young man for a few moments, Ponce left the store and waited outside. When the victim walked around the corner of the building, Ponce allegedly opened fire with a revolver, then fled along with a cohort.

The victim, who apparently has past ties to a gang with rivalries against the one Ponce belongs to, was hospitalized with serious but non-life- threatening wounds. He has since been released and is expected to fully recovery, the sergeant said.

Ponce is also a suspect in at least two other gang-related shootings that resulted in injuries, according to police.

Anyone with information on Ponce's possible whereabouts was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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