Three Arrested in Gang-Related Shootings

By: Meredith Stancik and Chace Murphy Email
By: Meredith Stancik and Chace Murphy Email

It was a busy night and morning for Bryan police on Thursday and Friday after three gang-related shootings left five people injured.

"We don't believe it's a random act," Bryan Police Assistant Chief David Slanker said. "We believe these groups knew each other and they had prior relationships."

The first report came in at 7:43 p.m. Thursday. Police say the driver and three passengers in a vehicle were injured as they drove in the 700 block of West Carson. The occupants of another vehicle allegedly opened fire, hitting three people. A fourth was injured by flying debris in the car.

None of the three people shot suffered life threatening injuries. They drove themselves to St. Joseph Regional Health Center.

Christopher Ponce was arrested Friday afternoon at Bryan High School in connection with the crime. Ponce, 17, has been charged with four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Bryan Police stepped up enforcement at the high school following the arrest.

A second shooting report came in at 11:37 p.m. Thursday just outside St. Joseph Health Center. Police say a man who was uninjured in the first shooting was walking in the 2700 block of Osler when a vehicle approached. An occupant then opened fire, hitting the pedestrian.

The man was taken to St. Joseph with non-life threatening injuries.

No arrest have been made as of yet in connection with the second shooting.

The final incident was reported at 1:25 a.m. Friday. Officers near the 1600 block of South College heard gunshots and responded. They soon located the suspected vehicle and tried to stop it. The driver, however, fled the scene and a pursuit began.

Officers chased the vehicle into rural Brazos County on westbound Texas 21. Brazos County sheriff's deputies and deputy constables joined in the pursuit. The chase ended near Cook's Point when a Burleson County sheriff's deputy flattened all four tires with stop-sticks.

Two men inside the vehicle were then arrested without further incident.

The driver, Jeronimo Gueda, was charged with evading in a vehicle and deadly conduct. His passenger, David Samaripas, was charged with deadly conduct.

Police say more arrests could follow, but the public should not be alarmed.

"Residents should not be concerned," Bryan Police Assistant Chief Wayland Rawls said. "We feel that this is very isolated between two groups and we think the public is not in harm's way."

BPD is taking a new stance on an old problem. They say they'll be tightening up enforcement when it comes to confirmed gang members.

More police officers have been put on the streets since the shooting, and Bryan Police Department's Directed Deployment Team has been activated.


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