Shootings rock the city

By BILL McCLELLANManaging EditorGunfire 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.“It appears that prior to the shooting there had been a fight between two males and some of the other party guests,” said Det. Sgt. Tony Everett, Big Spring Police Department public information officer. “The two males left the party and within 30 minutes, the shooting took place.”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.“At 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,” Everett said. “He 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.”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.