Investigators seeking help from public in locating homicide suspect vehicles
MCALLEN, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — A man and a woman are behind bars in connection to the deadly shooting that happened in McAllen last Friday.
On April 25 at approximately 1:00 p.m., McAllen police responded to a shooting in the area of Jackson and Orangewood. Officials discovered a deceased person in an alley on the 3800 block of South M Street.
Pedro Infante, 29, was recently arrested for first degree felony murder. Romelia Rodriguez, 32, is charged with filing a false police report.
McAllen police are continuing to search for at least three more suspects involved in the fatal shooting. The gunman is among those still on the run.
"There's a person that we believe is the person that actually engaged in the shooting, and we have reason to believe that that is a very cold-blooded killer," said McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez.
The victim is identified as 27-year-old Juan Gilberto Gonzalez-Gomez, a Mexican National living in the United States.
Investigators say this shooting was not random and that this is a drug-related homicide. The victim reportedly met with the suspects in an area not too far from where the shooting broke out.
The victim's family told police that he believed he was in trouble after losing a supply of marijuana.
"Our victim had lost a load of dope--not for the first time--and he knew people were looking for him to account for that particular loss," Rodriguez explained.
There is no indication of any specific gang affiliation, but these suspects are considered dangerous.
"This is a very cold-blooded murder," said Rodriguez. "All of the people involved, including the victim himself, we believe were dangerous people."
Investigators believe their best bet in identifying the suspects is by locating two vehicles caught at the crime scene. One is described as a blue Chevrolet Z71 Silverado pick up truck. It is a 4-door vehicle and has black push bars in the front. It may also contain lumber and building materials in the bed of the truck.
The truck has Texas license plates CA5-8552.
The other vehicle wanted is a white Chevrolet 2500 pick up truck 4-door with a chrome brush guard. Police believe it may have Mexican license plates.
Officials are asking the public to be on guard for any vehicles that match this description in the streets, and possibly in a junk yard.
"The information that we're getting is that they're chopping them up somewhere, they may be out for salvage," Rodriguez stated.
Anyone with information on these vehicles or the suspects is urged to call McAllen Crime Stoppers at (956) 687-TIPS (8477).