Bloods gang leader found guilty of attempted murder in Mount Vernon shooting

WHITE PLAINS – A Westchester County jury Friday found the leader of the G-Shine Bloods gang, Jason Garcia of Mount Vernon, guilty on all counts including attempted murder.

Garcia, also known as “Mecca-J,” 36, was also convicted of two counts of assault and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

When sentenced in March, he faces up to 40 years in state prison.

According to evidence presented at trial, on December 10, 2016 at 1:44 a.m. outside the Garden Bar at 766 South 5th Avenue in Mount Vernon, Garcia ordered Matthew Brown, a Bloods gang associate, to shoot an individual who owned Garcia money for marijuana. Garcia is the highest ranking member of the Westchester set of the Bloods gang.

The target was shot in the chest and neck and an innocent bystander was shot in the head. Both survived, but race life-long medical difficulties as a result of the shooting.

The shooting was captured on surveillance video.

Garcia also faces trial for attempted murder and conspiring to kill an eyewitness to the bar shooting while being held in the county jail pending this trial. For that, he and three co-defendants are charged with attempted murder and other charges. That case is pending.

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