Suspects remained at large Friday in two unrelated gang-related fatal shootings that occurred within an hour of each other in Santa Ana.

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The first shooting happened just before 8:40 p.m. Thursday in the 4000 block of West Hazard Avenue. The victim, 24-year-old Kevin Sotelo of Santa Ana, was a documented gang member who had gotten out of jail a couple of weeks ago, according to Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

Sotelo was riding a bike when a vehicle containing at least two suspects passed by and gunfire rang out, Bertagna said.

About an hour later, David Adam Bernal, 25, of Santa Ana, was gunned down in the 400 block of South Birch Street, Bertagna said. Bernal got into an argument with one or two suspects that escalated into a fight that ended with gunfire, Bertagna said.

Bernal, who was a documented gang member, was pronounced dead at the scene, the corporal said.

Anyone with information about either shooting was asked to call police at (714) 245-8390. Anonymous tips may be made through Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS.

— City News Service

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