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Reward offered in search for Santa Rosa shooting suspect

A $1,500 reward has been issued for information leading to the arrest of a Santa Rosa man sought in connection with a gang shooting earlier this month in Railroad Square, Santa Rosa police said.

Samuel Fessemay Tewolde, 30, is wanted on an arrest warrant obtained in connection with the Sept. 5 gunfire outside Chevy's restaurant, police said.

Tewolde and others reportedly argued with another group inside the restaurant that night before carrying their fight into the parking lot, where someone fired a gun several times, police said.

Shooting Outside Santa Rosa Restaurant

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No one was injured in the 7:19 p.m. gunfire, though one nearby vehicle was struck, according to police.

Police are withholding information about the alleged motive in the shooting, however, as well as the number of shots that were fired and the type of gun used, Sgt. Eric Goldschlag said.

Tewolde, a known gang member, has a history of violent criminal conduct, authorities said. Anyone who sees him should call 911, because he is considered armed and dangerous, Goldschlag said.

Tewolde is wanted for suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a firearm and being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, authorities said.

After a week of looking for Tewolde without success, police are asking for public assistance. He is described as a black man standing 6-foot-2 and weighing about 210 pounds.

The reward is being issued by the Sonoma County Alliance.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call police Detective Travis Menke with the gang investigations unit at (707) 543-4095.


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