San Diego — An oversized gavel was hanging from the doorknob to Deputy District Attorney Robert Hickey’s office. It was a trophy of sorts, passed to the prosecutor who most recently won a trial.
“I haven’t had it in a while,” Hickey said.
Over the past 8½ years, he and others had been working to find and convict the gunman who shot up a Lincoln Park liquor store on New Year’s Day, killing two women and seriously wounding a 7-year-old boy.
But while investigating the 2003 shooting at Dr. J’s Liquor, an unintended benefit of their work was that they collected information that led to successful prosecutions of other gang-related cases — something the District Attorney’s Office hasn’t shared until now.