Gilroy Norte&#241o allegedly commits drive-by in a PT Cruiser

Martin Aldama

Police arrested a 20-year-old man with Norte
&
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Gilroy and fired several shots at him, police said.
Police arrested a 20-year-old man with Norteño ties who pulled up beside a 19-year-old in downtown Gilroy and fired several shots at him, police said.

About 5 p.m. Wednesday, Martin Aldama drove behind a Hispanic male also in a car for “some period of time,” police said. As the victim was driving through the intersection of Eigleberry and Second streets, Aldama cut the man off with his car, a silver PT Cruiser, and fired multiple shots with a pistol, Sgt. Jim Gillio said. The victim was not hit but his car was.

Aldama then drove off, but the victim did not immediately report the incident, police said. Gillio did not know why the victim delayed reporting the incident.

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 victim “associates with, but is not a gang member himself,” police said.

Police conducted more interviews, and Sgt. Greg Flippo, who was only a block away from the shooting when it occurred, spotted Aldama’s vehicle on the 600 block of First Street, police said. Police arrested Aldama 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for assault with a deadly weapon – specifically, a firearm – Gillio said.

Police also impounded Aldama’s vehicle and “various pieces of evidence,” police said. Gillio would not describe the evidence. Although there may have been witnesses to the incident, none had stepped forward or been interviewed so far, according to police reports.

“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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