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Lynn man convicted in 2016 shooting case

LYNN — A Lynn man was convicted by a Salem Superior Court jury of charges related to a shooting outside Del Patio Barbershop on Washington Street in 2016.

Johan Sanchez-Santana, 24, of Lynn, and another suspect, later identified as Miguel Mantilla, 31, of Dorchester, exchanged gunfire in a congested are putting passing motorists and pedestrians in their crossfire. A passing driver’s vehicle was struck several times by gunfire. An additional round entered the barbershop, narrowly missing a small child seated inside.

Sanchez-Santana was convicted by a Salem Superior Court jury on all charges related to the May 6, 2016 incident. He was found guilty of possession of a firearm, possession of a loaded firearm, discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, and three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. Sentencing is scheduled for March 14.

Mantilla pled guilty in Salem Superior Court and was given a four to five year sentence.

With the help of witness statements, detectives were able to locate video images of the suspects as they fled. Hours were spent tracking them through video surveillance in the area. Clothing discarded by Mantilla was located and submitted for DNA, which assisted in identifying him.

Mantilla was also involved in a second shooting in Lynn during which a shot was fired into a third-floor apartment at 122 Essex St., where large amounts of drugs were recovered by police on May 22, 2016. He was taken into custody after an extensive motor vehicle pursuit that ended on Route 114 in Danvers.

Lynn Police, Massachusetts State Police Detectives, Crime Scene Services and the Ballistics Unit all assisted with the case. Essex County Assistant District Attorneys Jessica Strasnick, Jay Gubitose, and Lindsay Nasson prosecuted the case for the commonwealth.

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