GONZALES, LA ( NBC33) — Eight people have been arrested after a shooting in Gonzales that wounded at least three victims on the night of Saturday, Dec. 21.
A Gonzales patrol officer was passing through the East Bank Shopping Center when two employees of La Mexicana Restaurant flagged him down and informed him that a shooting had just occurred inside the establishment.
Police discovered three gunshot-wound victims outside of the restaurant. None of them had life-threatening injuries, although one, Macaria Torres Hernandez, was transported to the hospital for treatment.
None of the five people initially detained at that time were forthcoming with information. However, some alluded to the possibility of a fight between employees and patrons that had gotten out of hand.
Deputies determined that three more men had locked themselves inside the restaurant. Those three men refused to exit the building.
Police secured a perimeter around the business and called in the Gonzales Special Operations team and additional investigators.
After several hours of negotiations, the suspects eventually surrendered by walking out of the restaurant on their own accord.
A subsequent search led to the recovery of a stolen .357 pistol believed to be used in the shooting.
Ultimately, police arrested eight adults—two Hispanic women and six Hispanic men. Authorities established that all eight were illegal immigrants, one of whom had previously been deported.
Additional charges are pending from Immigration and Customs.
The arrests include:
Macaria Torres Hernandez, 28, charged with felony Obstruction of justice
Maria Delrosia Castro, 29, charged with felony Obstruction of justice
Javier Garcia Zaragoza, 33, charged with felony Obstruction of justice, Disturbing the peace by fistic encounter
Angel Banales Chaves, 20, charged with felony Obstruction of justice, Resisting an officer, and Disturbing the peace by fistic encounter
Narvick Banales Chaves, 23, charged with 3 counts of Aggravated battery, 2 counts of Discharge of firearm in city limits, felony Obstruction of justice, and Resisting an officer
Jose Magana Herrera, 33, charged with Attempted aggravated battery, felony Obstruction of justice, Resisting an officer, Disturbing the peace fistic encounter, Possession of fraudulent identification documents
Jesus Alvarez Oceguera, 33, charged with Attempted aggravated battery, felony Obstruction of justice, Disturbing the peace fistic encounter, Possession of fraudulent identification documents
Leonardo Morales, 26, chargesd with felony Obstruction of justice, Resisting an officer, Disturbing the peace by fistic encounter