Police are looking for a Hispanic male in his early 20s, between
5-feet 7-inches and 5-feet 9-inches tall and 150 pounds, who was
wearing a white shirt and blue shorts when he allegedly shot a
Gilroy man Saturday night.
Police are looking for a Hispanic male in his early 20s, between 5-feet 7-inches and 5-feet 9-inches tall and 150 pounds, who was wearing a white shirt and blue shorts when he allegedly shot a Gilroy man Saturday night.
The shooting in downtown Morgan Hill sent Omar Rubio, 33, to the hospital with life-threatening injuries from a gun shot wound in his lower back, Morgan Hill police Sgt. Jerry Neumayer said. He also suffered a two-inch on the back of his head, possibly caused by a glass bottle used as a weapon.
Police responded to a call for shots fired about 10:25 p.m. near the intersection of Second Street and Monterey Road. When officers arrived they found Rubio near the front of Dirty’s Tap and Taco bar at 17330 Monterey Road, Neumayer said.
Officers provided medical aid to the victim and called paramedics, who transported him to San Jose Regional Hospital. Rubio is currently in stable condition, after undergoing emergency surgery, and Neumayer said he will remain in the hospital for at least another week.
The initial police investigation found that before the shooting, several people were fighting in the parking lot behind the Downtown Mall, between First and Second streets, Neumayer said. As the fight escalated, the victim and another male fled south on foot. According to witnesses, the unknown male suspect chased the victim toward the rear parking lot of Dirty’s.
The suspect used a small hand gun to fire several rounds at the victim as he fled, Neumayer said. After he was shot once in the back, the victim was able to continue running until he reached the front of the business, where he called for help.
Police also said witnesses heard glass breaking during the initial fight, and the cut on the back of Rubio’s head might have been caused by broken glass.
The incident, which might have been gang related, is under investigation.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, in his early 20s, between 5-feet 7-inches and 5-feet 9-inches tall and 150 pounds, Neumayer said.
Police do not know if the shooting and the fight beforehand are related to a May 9 altercation downtown that sent two victims to the hospital – one with a stab wound to the neck, and one found unconscious with blunt face trauma. Both of those victims survived their injuries and were released from the hospital days after the incident.
Anyone with information on this incident may call Morgan Hill police at (408) 779-2101, or the anonymous tip line at (408) 947-7867.