$1 mil­lion bail set for sus­pect in mass shoot­ing at Oceano Dunes

The Tribune (SLO) - - Front Page - BY MATT FOUN­TAIN mfoun­[email protected]­bune­news.com

An ar­raign­ment for an Oakland man who al­legedly in­jured six peo­ple in an early morn­ing shoot­ing at the Oceano Dunes on Sun­day was post­poned Wed­nes­day as the de­fen­dant seeks a pri­vate at­tor­ney.

In the mean­time, Fran­cisco Orozco will re­main in San Luis Obispo County Jail cus­tody after Su­pe­rior Court Judge Dodie Har­man on Wed­nes­day raised his bail to $1 mil­lion.

Orozco faces an at­tempted mur­der charge as well as five felony charges of assault with a semi­au­to­matic firearm after the San Luis Obispo County District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice filed charges in court Tues­day.

If con­victed, he could face up to life in prison, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint.

In court Wed­nes­day, the 19-year-old sat ex­pres­sion­less, dressed in a col­lared shirt; me­dia were only per­mit­ted to pho­to­graph him as he sat in the jury box.

After meet­ing briefly with Pub­lic Defender Pa­tri­cia Ash­baugh, Orozco told Har­man he needed time to hire a pri­vate at­tor­ney be­fore en­ter­ing a plea.

Har­man sched­uled his sec­ond ar­raign­ment to May 15.

Orozco is ac­cused of open­ing fire with a semi­au­to­matic hand­gun into a crowd of peo­ple gath­ered at about 12 a.m. Sun­day at the Oceano Dunes State Ve­hic­u­lar Recre­ation Area for a camp­ground con­cert.

Six peo­ple were in­jured, au­thor­i­ties say, and each have since been re­leased from the hospital.

Orozco was ar­rested later in the day.

The District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice’s fil­ing lists a John Doe as the vic­tim of the at­tempted mur­der, and five other in­di­vid­u­als for the assault charges, four of whom suf­fered great bod­ily in­jury, the com­plaint states.

The District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice on Tues­day an­nounced that its Christo­pher G. Money Vic­tim Wit­ness As­sis­tance Cen­ter is pro­vid­ing free help to wit­nesses of the shoot­ing who are seek­ing coun­sel­ing and or other ser­vices.

DAVID MIDDLECAMP dmid­dle­[email protected]­bune­news.com

Fran­cisco Orozco, 19, of Oakland lis­tens to court pro­ceed­ings on Wed­nes­day.


On Sun­day, of­fi­cials in­ves­ti­gated the shoot­ing of six peo­ple at Oceano Dunes.

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