Police arrested a 20-year-old gang member who pulled up beside a
man in downtown Gilroy and fired several shots at him, police
Police arrested a 20-year-old gang member who pulled up beside a man in downtown Gilroy and fired several shots at him, police said.
About 5 p.m. today, Martin Aldama followed an unnamed person for “some period of time,” police said. Near Monterey and Second streets, Aldama pulled up next to the victim and fired multiple shots with a handgun. Police did not say whether the victim was hit.
Aldama then drove off, but the victim did not immediately report the incident, police said. At the time, Sgt. Greg Flippo was only one block away from the crime scene, but police did not say whether Flippo was aware of the crime.
The victim eventually contacted the police, and police interviewed him. The victim knew Aldama from “prior incidents,” police said, and the victim was viewed by Aldama as a rival gang member.
The vicitm “associates with, but is not a gang member himself,” police said. Police did not specify any specific gang affiliations.
Police conducted more interviews, and Flippo identified Aldama’s vehicle, police said. It is unclear what led to police finding Aldama, but they arrested him at an unspecified time on the 600 block of First Street Wednesday evening.
Police also impounded Aldama’s vehicle and “various pieces of evidence,” police said.
“The motivation behind this event is gang rivalry,” police said.
Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact Investigator Juan Rocha at 846-0384.
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