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Aurora Beacon, February 27, 2001
Beacon New Staff
An Aurora man accused of firing the gunshots that paralyzed another man has been ac quitted of attempted murder and other charges by a Kane County jury.

Orlando Rivera, 25, of the 700 block of Old Indian Trail Road, was arrested by Aurora police on Nov. 24 and charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm in the shooting of 27- year-old Roel Lozano in the 700 block of Front Street the week before.

Lozano was paralyzed in the shooting, and Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Patrick Crimmins said Lozano made an identification of Rivera at his mother’s urging when he thought he was dying from his wounds.

But the jury ruled Rivera not guilty last week.

Lozano was shot several limes at 8:47 p.m. on Nov. 17 while talking with friends who were in a car parked at the end of his driveway at the Front Street address. Rivera was accused of firing several shots from a car that was traveling east on Front Street, then stopped long enough for the shots to be fired.

When police arrived, Lozano was lying on the ground. The victim was first treated at Provena Mercy Center before being air- lifted to another hospital.