Vicente Solorzano: Suspect in shooting last night previously picked up in immigration raid

If the mug shot of Vicente Solorzano, twenty, who's wanted in a non-fatal shooting in Aurora on Monday night, looks familiar, it should. The same shot ran earlier this year in relation to a post about Project Big Freeze, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid targeting "transnational gangs with ties to drug-trafficking organizations" that swept up Solorzano.

"Check Out the Locals Busted in ICE's Project Big Freeze," published on January 29, noted that nineteen of the 447 alleged gang members busted as part of the operation hailed from Colorado, with ten of them administratively arrested on immigration charges and the other nine facing criminal charges.

Among the latter group was Solorzano, and in a followup blog headlined "How Big are the Fish Netted by Project Big Freeze?," Aurora Police Department spokesman Detective Bob Friel noted that the previous charge against him was relatively minor. Corresponding via e-mail, Friel wrote that Solorzano was arrested on an outstanding Adams County warrant "connected to a case of disorderly conduct. The bond for the warrant was $250."

Apparently, the ICE case against him didn't cramp his style much, either. He was free Monday night, when he allegedly shot two people among a group gathered to either witness or participate in a street fight. Look below to get more details in an Aurora Police Department release:

Police Seek Suspect Tied to Non-fatal Shooting

Aurora, Colo. -- Aurora Police are requesting the public's help in locating 20-year-old Vicente Solorzano who is wanted in connection with a non-fatal shooting that occurred late Monday night.

On July 19, 2010, shortly before 10:30 p.m., officers responded to the area of 22nd Avenue and Oswego Street after receiving several reports of shots fired. Responding officers located two adult male victims in the area who had been injured in the shooting that occurred moments before the officers arrived. Officers also located shell casings in the area. Officers provided assistance to the injured victims, secured the crime scene, interviewed witnesses, and contacted detectives.

During the course of ensuing investigation, investigators determined that several dozen people had gathered in the area of 22nd Avenue and Oswego Street. At some point, individuals within this group became involved in an argument which led to a physical fight and the shooting. Investigators believe that Solorzano fired a handgun several times, striking two individuals in the area of the fight. This shooting is considered by Police to be a gang motivated incident.

Solorzano is a resident of Aurora and described as a 20-year-old Hispanic male, approximately height -- 5'6," approximately 180 lbs, eyes -- brown, hair -- black. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone who has information as to Solorzano's whereabouts is asked to contact Gang Intervention Unit Detective Matt Ingui at (303)739-1990.

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