MEDFORD, Ore. — An attempted murder in a shooting that involved two Medford gangs now has the man who allegedly pulled the trigger behind bars. The arrest made Wednesday was one of two made during the investigation.
On the evening of March 8th, Medford Police responded to the scene of an apparent shooting on Bryant Street in west Medford. When police arrived, however, both the suspects and potential victims were gone.
Wednesday, after an investigation that spanned nearly a month, police arrested 22 year-old Toby Martinez. Martinez is charged with 6 counts of attempted murder, 6 counts of first degree assault, second degree assault and attempting to elude an officer.
Police say back on March 8th, several Latino males dressed in red and believed to be Nortenos pulled up to an address on Bryant Street and confronted several other men believed to be Surenos. Shots were fired from the car, however no one was hit.
Through their investigation, Medford Police discovered another shooting just a few hours later blocks away involved the same suspect, only this time someone was struck with a bullet.
“These gang investigations are, no doubt, difficult and they do take some time, but at the same time, we are not going to give up when it comes to gang violence. We are going to keep going and keep going until we figure it out,” said Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau.
During the investigation, 16 year-old Ramon Santiago was also arrested and faces several charges, including 1st degree theft of an assault rifle.