Gang Member Convicted In 2 Oakland Murders

OAKLAND (CBS/AP) — An Oakland man has been convicted of fatally shooting two men on the same day because he thought they belonged to rival gangs.

Alameda County jurors Wednesday found 30-year-old Ivan Ordaz guilty of murder and other felony charges for the Sept. 1, 2007 killings.

Ordaz was convicted of first-degree murder for killing 19-year-old Tomas Melero Smith, who was hanging out with friends when investigators say Ordaz jumped out of a car and shot him.

Jurors also convicted Ordaz of second-degree murder in 22-year-old Allan Mejia’s death. Prosecutors said Ordaz fired into a car with Mejia inside during what he thought was a gang fight.

Deputy district attorney John Brouhard said the victims were not gang members.

Ordaz faces life in prison without parole when he is sentenced in August.

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