By BILL McCLELLAN
Gunfire erupted Sunday morning in what appears to be two unrelated altercations that sent a couple of people to an area hospital.
The two were among three people injured in a drive by shooting about 2 a.m. in the 1400 block of Mesa.
Ines Jesus Gonzales, 25, of Big Spring suffered a bullet wound to his right forearm and was airlifted to Lubbock. David Garza Jr., 27, of Big Spring suffered a bullet wound to his left lower leg and another to his buttocks. He was also airlifted to a Lubbock hospital.
A third victim, Abilene Mojica, 30, also of Big Spring, refused treatment after being grazed in the rib area by an apparent bullet.
Police said a party had been going on at the residence.
â€śIt appears that prior to the shooting there had been a fight between two males and some of the other party guests,â€ť said Det. Sgt. Tony Everett, Big Spring Police Department public information officer. â€śThe two males left the party and within 30 minutes, the shooting took place.â€ť
Everett said no arrests have been made. It is believed two weapons were used in the assault.
A separate incident just prior to 12:30 a.m. Sunday, has a Plainview man under arrest and being held for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, deadly conduct and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Juston Louis Martinez is awaiting arraignment in the Howard County Detention Center. Further charges are pending, according to police.
Police got the call at 12:24 a.m. that shots had been fired in the 1300 block of Madison. According to reports, Martinez had a gun he had been showing to a group of people when one of the onlookers commented that the gun looked familiar.
â€śAt that point, Martinez pointed the gun at the group and told everyone to stay back and he backed away. He fired one round which struck an unoccupied vehicle,â€ť Everett said. â€śHe then entered a vehicle that was occupied by three other subjects. He allegedly pointed the gun at the driver and the vehicle left the area.â€ť
Everett said witnesses at the scene believed Martinez had stolen the gun from a house next door.
Police spotted the vehicle at about 2 p.m. Martinez was arrested and the weapon recovered.
Police are still investigating both cases.