MEDFORD, Ore. — After months of searching, Medford Police have a person in custody for pulling the trigger in a drive-by shooting. Officers say in the process of searching for the suspect, they cut down violence in the Rogue Valley.
On the night of May 7th officers flooded the area after shots were fired out of a car near Benson Street and Dakota. Police say the suspects were all gone. The next day officers arrested a 16-year-old, Alberto Gonzalez, for his involvement in the shooting, but officers didn’t have the shooter’s identification.
A week later, officers released photos of the shooter, 15 year old Santiago Loveland-Flores. Officers thought he fled the area to California. Just this week, police found out he’d returned.
So, officers found the alleged shooter as he was riding his bike in a Medford neighborhood. Even though police wanted to get him into custody as soon as possible, officers say some good came out of the length of the investigation.
“We really disrupted the Sureno gang activity that had been going on in our valley,” explained Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau. “We were making life difficult for them. We were making life difficult for his associates, his friends and even his family members.”
Police say the suspect’s family members were also arrested on Wednesday. Officers say they were hindering prosecution.