Man found guilty of attempted murder in April 2012 Hooka Lounge shooting

Others arrested have been acquitted or sentenced

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Trials concluded for all arrested in connection to the 2012 Hookah Lounge shooting.

Thomas Mojica Palenzuela, 21, was found guilty on two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a firearm, one count of participating in a street gang, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon Friday.

On April 8, 2012, Bakersfield Police received reports of shots fired at the Hookah Lounge, which is located at 5482 California Ave.

Upon arrival, officers located several shell casings in the parking lot. Officers also found several businesses and vehicles that had damaged windows from gunshots.

Police said shortly after the call was received in April 2012, officers stopped a car, and found a man, Carl Bermudez, 26, of Bakersfield, suffering from several gunshot wounds. Officers said they learned he had been shot at the Hookah Lounge.

Six people were arrested on charges of attempted murder, conspiracy and participation in a criminal street gang. Three have been cleared and two were sentenced. Palenzuela now awaits sentencing in August.

Palenzuela was acquitted on attempted murder, a third count of assault with a firearm, a second count of possession of a firearm by a felon, a second count of participating in a street gang and a count of having a concealed firearm.

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