A Turlock man was taken into custody Wednesday on multiple charges, including one for attempted murder that stems from a drive-by shooting in March that injured one man.
The Turlock Police Department arrested Gabriel Martinez, 26, on charges of attempted murder, being a felon in possession of methamphetamine, carrying a concealed loaded firearm in a vehicle, and as parole violation.
The attempted murder charge stems from a drive-by shooting that occurred on March 30 in the 100 block of Almond Avenue. The shooting resulted in injuries to a 25-year-old man, according to the police department. He had been sitting in his vehicle when someone drove by and fired multiple shots, three of which struck the victim. The injuries were described as life-threatening.
Investigators located the vehicle used in the drive-by shooting and located ammunition in the car linked to the shooting. Through the course of the investigation, detectives identified Martinez as the likely shooter, said Turlock Police spokesperson Officer Steve Rodrigues.
A warrant was issued for Martinez’s arrest on a charge of being a felon in possession of ammunition.
Around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday an undercover officer spotted Martinez in a car in the area of Farr Street and contacted dispatch for a patrol car. The patrol car pulled the car over, but before it came to a complete stop, Martinez jumped out of the still moving vehicle and attempted to make an escape on foot.
The foot pursuit came to a quick end when officers caught up to Martinez and placed him under arrest.
The vehicle rolled into a home on W. Main Street, but did not cause any structural damage. A passenger in the vehicle, Freddy Gill, 22, was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm after officers found a gun hidden between his seat and the console.