People v Nateel Sharma

On April 3, 2014, a jury found Nateel Sharma guilty of attempted murder and assault with a firearm. The jury also found true corresponding enhancements for personally discharging a firearm and causing great bodily injury. The defendant’s sister, Neshal Sharma, was also found guilty of being an accessory after the fact.

On September 15, 2011, the defendant got into a verbal argument with the victim over $300 that the victim owed him for marijuana. When the victim refused to pay the debt, the defendant threatened to shoot him and left for his house. Minutes later, the victim heard gunshots coming from the area of the defendant’s home, approximately one block away. The victim walked to the defendant’s house and a physical fight ensued. After several punches were thrown, the defendant armed himself with a 12-gauge shotgun. The defendant ran toward the victim and raised the barrel of the weapon to his stomach. The victim put the barrel on the center of his stomach and dared the defendant to shoot in front of a crowd of people. After pausing for several seconds, the defendant pulled the trigger causing a single birdshot round to enter the victim’s stomach at point-blank range. The defendant immediately fled the scene. With the help of his sister, Neshal Sharma, the defendant attempted to drive to San Mateo to escape police. Both defendants were stopped just before turning onto the freeway by Hayward Police Department officers. The case was prosecuted by DDA Adam Maldonado with assistance from DA Inspector Tim Bergquist.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014