August 19, 2008

POLICE NEWS: Police identify 4 arrested in Waco shooting

August 19, 2008

By Erin Quinn

Tribune-Herald staff writer

Waco police have identified four of the five people arrested in the Sunday evening drive-by shooting that wounded a man at the Central Texas Marketplace.

Vicente Garcia, 23, of Bellmead; Daniel Hernandez Delacruz, 21, of Waco; Valente Jimenez Delacruz, 17, of Waco; and Jose Cruz Garcia, 18, of Bellmead, are charged with engaging in organized criminal activity — aggravated assault, police said. They remained at the McLennan County Jail late Monday, each held in lieu of $25,000 bond.

All but Vicente Garcia are being detained without bond on an immigration hold, a jail spokeswoman said.

A 15-year-old man also was arrested on the same charge in the shooting, said Waco police officer Steve Anderson. No further information was released about the youth Monday.

At 7:40 p.m. Sunday, the department received several 9-1-1 calls from the West Loop 340 and Bagby Avenue shopping center about several men in a white Chevrolet pickup truck shooting at a white Pontiac Grand Am, Anderson said.

Witnesses told officers that the vehicles were driving slowly near Kohl’s and the Zales outlet store when the driver of the truck leaned out the window and shot at the car.

Witnesses reported three shots, Anderson said.

Police stopped the Pontiac at Bagby Avenue and Holly Vista Street, where they found one of its occupants, Angel Oballe, had been shot in the left side of his face and lower right back.

Oballe was taken to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, Anderson said, where he was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries. Anderson did not know Oballe’s age or residence.

The pickup was stopped at Loop 340 and West Waco Drive, where the five were arrested.

Anderson said Monday that he did not know whether Oballe knew his accused shooters.

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