Staff writer

FREMONT -- A Newark man was arrested in connection with two gang-related shootings, including one that injured a man last week at a busy Fremont park, police said.

Rigoberto Cornejo, 20, is suspected of firing shots during the shootings on April 17 and last Thursday, said police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques.

The Thursday shooting occurred about 7:45 p.m. at the Los Cerritos Community Park. Witnesses who were attending a nearby softball game reported shots fired from a white, four-door car last seen speeding toward Nicolette Avenue, Bosques said.

Whenthe shots were fired, dozens of families were at the park with their children, Bosques said.

"A 12-year-old girl told police she was so scared because she could feel bullets fly by her head and strike objects behind her," Bosques said.

About 30 minutes later, a 20-year-old gunshot victim visited a nearby hospital to be treated for a leg wound. The victim, a Fremont resident, was released from the hospital a short time later.

A preliminary investigation revealed that a fight broke out between two men and that one of the men -- later identified as Cornejo -- sped off in a car and shot back at the other man, striking his leg.

Police nabbed Cornejo on Friday afternoon in Redwood City and booked him into the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. He was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm near a school campus (Brookvale Elementary), discharge of a firearm from a motor vehicle, being a felon in possession of a firearm and being a gang member in possession of a firearm.


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At the time of his arrest, Bosques said, Cornejo was also wanted in connection with an April 17 shooting near Beloveria Court and Maple Street.

In that case, he was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle.

During the incident, police say he drove up in a white, four-door car and asked the male victim what his gang affiliation was. When the victim told Cornejo he was not a gang member, Cornejo fired a shot a him, then sped away. The victim was not hit.

Police on Monday said Cornejo remained jailed on more than $300,000 bail. Cornejo is scheduled to be arraigned at the Fremont Hall of Justice on Tuesday.

Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to contact police at 510-790-6900. Anonymous tips can be left at www.fremontpolice.org/tip.

Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.