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Date of Issue: October 25, 2007

Defendant in beach shooting pleads no contest

One of the two men arrested in connection with the Easter Sunday shootings at Coquina Beach pleaded no contest to several charges this month.

Three people were injured in the shooting incident on April 8 - Jose Estrada, 20, Salvador Estrada, 27, and a 17-year-old identified by Bradenton Beach police as F.E. Authorities allege that the three victims are connected to the Sur 13 street gang.

Santiago Delgado Jr. 21, and Rene Vasquez-Mendoza, 22, both of Plant City, were arrested in the incident. They are allegedly involved in the Norte 14 street gang.

Delgado was charged with carrying a concealed firearm, improper exhibition of a firearm and discharging a firearm.

In mid-October, Delgado pleaded no contest to the charges. He will not be sentenced until next month, after a pre-sentencing investigation, according to court records.

Vasquez-Mendoza was charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder, carrying a concealed firearm, improper exhibition of a firearm and discharge of a firearm in public.