Nampa man sentenced for shooting 10-year-old girl in Walmart parking lot

Mario Garza. Photo courtesy Canyon County Jail.

The Canyon County Prosecutor's office says Mario Garza, 20, of Nampa, has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for a gang-related shooting in June 2016 in a Walmart parking lot near the Idaho Center.

The shooting happened during the God and Country Festival at the Idaho Center. Police say people were gathering in the Walmart parking lot to watch the fireworks that night.

Police say Garza and another man, Ezri Garcia, got into an argument in the parking lot before both men pulled out guns and started shooting at each other.

A stray bullet hit a 10-year-old in the shoulder who was with her family getting ready to watch the fireworks.

Garza was sentenced to 17 years in prison for felony aggravated assault and felony riot. He will be eligible for parole after six years.

“My office and our law enforcement partners in Canyon County have zero tolerance for gang violence, so there is no doubt that Mr. Garza belongs behind bars,” said Prosecutor Bryan Taylor in a press release. “Hopefully this sends a message that gangs and gang violence will not be tolerated in our community.”