Shooting suspect found in Madera, Calif.

By Patty Hastings, Columbian Social Services, Demographics, Faith



A Vancouver gang member accused of shooting a man early Aug. 25 is in custody in Madera, Calif., and awaiting extradition to the Clark County Jail.

Madera police stopped a stolen vehicle occupied by shooting suspect Gregorio R. Chavez, 21, and contacted the Vancouver Police Department.

Prosecutors filed a warrant for attempted murder and first-degree assault Monday against Chavez in Clark County Superior Court. The arrest warrant requests that Chavez be held in jail on a no-bail hold.

The drive-by shooting occurred one week ago just after midnight as Jose Reyes, 19, was walking in the 3300 block of East 18th Street. Reyes was treated at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for two bullet wounds and gave a statement to investigators with the Safe Streets Gang Task Force.

According to court paperwork, Reyes, a Sureno gang member, said he knew the gunman as a fellow gang member. Reyes said the shooting was in retaliation for a dispute over a woman.