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Bullet strikes vehicle in gang dispute

Posted: Thursday, Feb 7th, 2013


Watsonville police study the scene where a gunman fired a shot on Rodriguez Street Wednesday on the 300 block. A vehicle was hit with one bullet. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian).


WATSONVILLE — A scuffle between what police believe were rival gang members led to at least one shot being fire downtown Wednesday. No injuries were reported in the 1:45 p.m. incident on the 300 block of Rodriguez Street but a bullet did piece the tire and rim of a GMC SUV parked at the curb.

“Fortunately there were no injuries and no one was in the car at the time of the shooting,” said Sgt. Tony Magdayao. “We believe this was a gang related incident.”


After canvassing the area for evidence and witnesses, it appeared that an altercation between two sets of groups ensued in front of Aldalma’s Carniceria and Market, 329 Rodriguez. One suspect with a gun was seen firing a handgun at another group, police said. He was described as Hispanic male in his 20s, wearing a white tee-shirt and shorts. The gun was described as a black colored semi-automatic handgun. Another subject involved was described as a Hispanic male 18-20 years old wearing a tan shirt and shorts. All other subjects involved fled the area.

No victims were located. Investigative leads are actively being pursued.

Help with the investigation is being requested from anyone who may have seen or heard anything regarding the incident. They are encouraged to call the Watsonville Investigations Bureau at 768-3350 or the Watsonville Tipline at 768-3544.

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