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Four people shot at home of California legislator

A city councilor in California hosted a party where four people were shot when someone opened fire late in the night.

Rebeca Armendariz is a Democrat city council member in the Bay area city of Gilroy, California. On Friday night, she reportedly hosted a party at her home, although the Gilroy mayor has gone back and said it is unknown who held the party. Regardless, the party continued late into the evening. Around 1AM, there was an altercation, which was followed by someone firing a gun. Four people were shot, with one dying on the scene, and three being taken to the hospital, two of whom had life-threatening injuries.

While the mayor said the host of the party was unknown, neighbors of the home where the party was held said that the host was Armendariz, who was hosting a Halloween party.

One neighbor, Rosalio Pineda, said he had gone to the party earlier in the evening with his son, but was concerned by the lack of adequate lighting and that most guests were wearing dark clothing, causing him to leave early. Pineda and other neighbors report hearing gunshots, with Pineda claiming the number of cars on the street made it impossible for paramedics to park close to the home. As a result, they were forced to run around with gurneys.

On Sunday, Armendariz released a statement, which said: “By now you may have seen the post from Gilroy Police Department regarding the investigation of a shooting on Las Animas, or one of many social media posts speculating about the event and individuals involved. Because this remains an active investigation, I am unable to share more at this time but I would like to thank all of the members of the community who have reached out to express their concerns for their patience.”

The statement continued: “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. In the meantime, we are giving our full cooperation to the Gilroy Police Department in this investigation. 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.” Armendariz was not injured.

ARTICLE: RITA VOGT

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: SM MIRROR

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