The plea hearing for two suspects accused of firing a handgun
toward another person in Morgan Hill was postponed.
The plea hearing for two suspects accused of firing a handgun toward another person in Morgan Hill was postponed.
Isidro Kris Zamora, 21 of Morgan Hill, and Juan Ceja, 21 of San Jose, are each accused of one count of willfully discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner, according to Santa Clara County District Attorney’s spokeswoman Amy Cornell.
Both suspects’ next hearing is scheduled for today at South County Courthouse. They are scheduled to enter pleas at that hearing. Zamora’s attorney said his client is not guilty of the charge.
Police arrested the two young men April 12 for their alleged involvement in a gang-related shooting that happened that afternoon outside the Chevron gas station at 15865 Monterey Road in south Morgan Hill.
The suspects allegedly fired two rounds from a .22-caliber handgun toward another person. Police do not think the targeted victim was hit. The victim fled the area on foot before police arrived at the scene, and has not been identified.
Zamora’s attorney said his client was not involved in a shooting, and was in fact the intended victim in the incident.
“When everything is concluded, it will be established that he was actually the victim of a shooting and he tried to get away,” attorney Jose Sandoval said. “Somebody shot a firearm, and he thought it was directed at him.”
After witnesses called police to report the shots fired about 3 p.m. April 12, Zamora and Ceja fled the scene in a Chevrolet Suburban, police said. Nobody remained at the scene when police arrived. The suspected getaway vehicle was later found abandoned at the end of Louis Holmstrom Drive in unincorporated west Morgan Hill.
Police searched the forested area surrounding the abandoned vehicle and found the two suspects hiding in the vegetation. Zamora and Ceja were arrested without incident.
Authorities have not found the handgun believed to have been used in the shooting.
Ceja’s attorney will be identified at today’s hearing, Cornell said.