Gilroy man shot during fight in Morgan Hill downtown

 

A Gilroy man was shot in downtown Morgan Hill Saturday night,
and police are seeking information about the incident.
A Gilroy man was shot in downtown Morgan Hill Saturday night, and police are seeking information about the incident.

Police arrived at the scene of the shooting about 10:24 p.m. Saturday, in response to 911 calls of shots fired, according to Morgan Hill Police Sgt. Troy Hoefling. Police found Omar Rubio, 33, of Gilroy, lying down in the walkway between Fuzia restaurant and Dirty’s Tap and Tacos on Monterey Road.

The victim suffered a gun shot wound to his lower back, as well as a two-inch cut on the back of his head, Hoefling said. He was taken to San Jose Regional Hospital for emergency surgery. Rubio was listed in serious condition as of Monday morning.

Police believe Rubio and the shooter, who is still unknown, were involved in a fight with several other people in the parking area between East Second and East Third streets, based on witness statements. The incident was possibly gang-related, Hoefling said.

“The initial reports were that it was a large fight between several people, and shots rang out,” he said.

The cut on the back of the victim’s head might have been caused by a broken bottle or drinking glass used as a weapon, Hoefling said. Witnesses said they heard glass breaking during the fight, and officers found broken glass at the scene, police said.

Police found other evidence at the scene of the shooting, but Hoefling would not specify what kind.

Police do not know if the victim or other people involved in the fight had been drinking alcohol at nearby downtown establishments, or if they had been at the downtown Mushroom Mardi Gras festival earlier in the day. No one has been arrested in connection to the fight or shooting, Hoefling said.

Anyone with information about the incident may call Morgan Hill Police at (408) 779-2101.

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