Man convicted of attempted murder in 2011 shooting

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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Ulrick Watson

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A 21-year-old Jacksonville man was convicted Wednesday afternoon on one count of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Ulrick Watson shot at Jerome Jones and Ibri Bryant in August 2011. Evidence showed that Watson and Bryant had an argument over Bryant making a hand gesture at Watson's sister. During the dispute, Watson shot a gun into the air.

The two victims walked away from the area, and Watson, along with several others, followed the victims. Two fights broke out, and Watson pulled out the firearm and shot at the victims. Bryant was shot in the chest, while a bullet hit Jones in the leg.

"Anyone who shoots at another individual because of a hand gesture is a danger to society, and I'm glad the jury came back as they did," said Assistant State Attorney David Thompson.

Watson has four felony convictions and is currently under sentence for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He now faces up to 50 years in prison. He will be sentenced Nov. 26.

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