1 Dead, 3 Injured After Shooting at Home of California City Council Member

By Mimi Nguyen Ly
Mimi Nguyen Ly
Mimi Nguyen Ly
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Mimi Nguyen Ly is an assignment editor and world news reporter based in Australia. She has a background in optometry. Contact her at mimi.nl@epochtimes.com.
October 31, 2021 Updated: October 31, 2021

Police are investigating after a shooting early Saturday at a council member’s home in Gilroy, California, left one person dead and three people injured.

Gilroy Police said in a statement that the department received a 911 call around 12:55 a.m. on Saturday reporting a shooting at the 400 block of Las Animas Avenue in Gilroy. Upon arriving at the scene, they encountered a large outdoor party and learned that there was an “altercation” where at least one person fired a gun.

“Officers determined there were a total of four shooting victims during the altercation. One male victim was pronounced deceased at the scene, while the other victims were transported to local hospitals, two with life-threatening injuries,” the department said.

Police determined that the shooting happened at the residence of Gilroy City Council Member Rebeca Armendariz.

Armendariz, in a written statement to media outlets, said that she is “unable to share more” about the situation as recounted by the Gilroy Police Department because the case is under active investigation.

“I am thankful that my family and I, who live on Las Animas, were not hurt in this tragedy, and I pray for those whose loved ones have been touched by what has occurred,” she said. “In the meantime, we are giving our full cooperation to the Gilroy Police Department in this investigation.”

She added, “Our primary concern is for the individuals impacted and their families. We hope the Gilroy community will come together with love and support for those touched by yesterday’s events at the appropriate time.”

It is unclear whether Armendariz was at the residence at the time of the shooting, which marks the city’s fifth homicide.

Gilroy police Sgt. Lamonte Toney said he couldn’t say whether Armendiaz was present, reported East Bay Times. He added that police were still working to identify a suspect by interviewing witnesses, and that information about the victims are not immediately available while the identity of the person who died was being withheld until their next of kin is notified.

Mayor Marie Blankley said she had sent Armendariz “my thoughts and prayers,” the outlet reported.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Detective Chris Silva at (408) 846-0335. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call the Gilroy Police Department Tip Line at (408) 846-0330.

Mimi Nguyen Ly
Mimi Nguyen Ly is an assignment editor and world news reporter based in Australia. She has a background in optometry. Contact her at mimi.nl@epochtimes.com.