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Fourth HMB Gang Shooting Suspect Arrested on Attempted Murder Charge

San Mateo County Sheriff's Office nabs suspect last night in San Francisco.

A fourth suspect in last month's in Half Moon Bay was arrested on Thursday night in San Francisco on charges of attempted murder with a criminal street gang enhancement, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office announced today.

The suspect, 19-year-old Mason Paul Wessel, is a Half Moon Bay resident. Wessel was arrested after being seen exiting a car in the 2000 block of Hyde Street in San Francisco. His father, David Paul Wessel, 54, is known to have an apartment in the area. The arrest took place at 6:50 p.m.

David Paul Wessel was arrested and charged with obstruction of a police officer after he tried to prevent the arrest of his son. Sheriff's deputies had to restrain David, who was later released after citation.

The August 14 shooting took place on First Avenue and Grove Street in the Arleta Park neighborhood of Half Moon Bay. One man was shot in the chest and another was shot in the foot. Both survived.

Earlier on Thursday, in Half Moon Bay on charges of attemped murder with a criminal street gang enhancement after the San Mateo County Sheriff's SWAT team, Half Moon Bay Patrol Bureau deputies and the Investigations Bureau of the Sheriff's Office conducted search warrants of three separate city residences. Allied law enforcement agencies also assisted with the searches and arrests.

The arrests came less than two days after the city of Half Moon Bay and the Sheriff's Office held a standing-room only about gangs and for concerned residents. Residents have also begun to take matters into their own hands by organizing groups.

Authorities believe that the shooting was an incident linked to tension between rival . Members of both groups are known to live in Half Moon Bay.

The Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate the incident. No further information is available at this time, the agency said today.

Half Moon Bay Patch is continuing to follow this story and will provide updates when more information becomes available.

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George Muteff September 02, 2011 at 08:16 PM
This is indeed good news. It is a clear demonstration of just how seriously law enforcement is taking this incident. I appreciate that. Thanks for the news Kristine.
Kristine Wong September 02, 2011 at 08:37 PM
Always glad to get the news out, George. Thanks for weighing in.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr September 06, 2011 at 06:36 AM
I just heard on the news that your city just suffered two illegal alien gang members shooting two other rival illegal alien gang members. I live in Novato, Marin County. We have had the same problems with illegal alien gangs. I have been demanding action by our city council and they have maintained a sanctuary city policy of giving preferential treatment to illegal aliens. Our council and police department have continued to be deferential toward illegal aliens and the crime presence is steadily growing. We now have 6 illegal alien drug gangs in Novato. I circulated a citizen initiative to adopt an E-Verify Ordinance. The purpose of an E-Verify ordinance is to insure that city contractors and city licensees do not hire illegal aliens. The FBI has confirmed that illegal alien gangs follow in the footsteps of nannies and laborers. If the attraction of easy jobs for illegal aliens is removed, they will stop coming to your city and mine. I am attaching an E-Verify Ordinance, and a Rule of Law declaration hat you may wish to consider to help dis-invite illegal aliens to “vive, trabaja, y vende las drugas aqui”. I am available to you for consultation at this email address. If your police department follows Vehicle Code section 14602.6 and impounds for 30 days all vehicles belonging to persons who have never had a driver license, that will greatly reduce the illegal aliens’ transportation within Half Moon Bay. I emailed a draft E-Verify ordinance to your council.
Kristine Wong September 06, 2011 at 07:08 AM
I haven't heard anything about the immigration status of the suspects or the victims of this shooting. The Sheriff's Office has reported that there was one shooter, not two. It's an overgeneralization, I think, to label these gangs as "illegal alien gangs" — even the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office (which operates a Gang Intelligence Unit) confirms that many in the Norteños gang were born in the U.S., and while they say that many in the Sureños gang are recent immigrants, they have not commented on known members' immigration status.
Coast Word September 06, 2011 at 03:16 PM
Kristine is correct. Both gangs in this case Norteno & Sureno were created in CALIFORNIA Prisons and most criminal gangs actually have been EXPORTED to latin america - such as an infamous violent El Salvadorian gang that got it's inception from a nortorious Los Angeles gang. Illegal immigration does play a role in criminal incarceration. However, most gang members are legal although many may be born of someone who has illegally immigrated - most illegals want to avoid the police. If any of the gang members are booked into the jail and convicted of gang charges they WILL be deported AFTER they serve their sentence - either by state CDC or by San Mateo County Jail who routinely have immigration buses stop by their facillities - Thankfully, your city has no control over if the county or state deports these criminals. Check with Marin County Jail - you will find they have the same policy.

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