Felon arrested on numerous weapons, drug charges after shooting at child’s birthday party
PHOTOS: Chico PD
A Chico man has been arrested on numerous drug and weapons charges after a reported shooting at a 6-year-old’s birthday party last week.
Just after 5 PM on Friday, November 29, officers arrived on the 600 block of West 1st Avenue to investigate reports of a shooting at a child’s birthday party. At the scene, witnesses identified 32-year-old Gilberto Corona as the shooter and told officers he’d fled prior to their arrival. Fortunately, no one had been injured at the scene.
Officers on patrol in the area of Nord Avenue spotted a vehicle matching the description of Corona’s — a silver Toyota Tacoma pickup — and conducted a stop near the intersection of Muir Avenue. Sure enough, Corona was behind the wheel.
Given that he is subject to an unrelated felony no-bail Post Release Community Supervision warrant, officers were able to conduct a search of his vehicle, which turned up substances presumed to be methamphetamine as well as items associated with the sales of controlled substances.
Officers also found counterfeit currency and, upon searching his person at the Chico PD detention facility, more drugs.
Corona was ultimately booked on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner, possession of controlled substances while armed with a loaded firearm, transportation of controlled substances for sales, carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle, willful cruelty to a child, possession of counterfeit currency, possession of a controlled substance inside a jail facility, and felony and misdemeanor warrants.