Police arrested a Montclair man late Wednesday on suspicion of shooting and wounding another man during an argument over the weekend in Covina, officials said.
Jose Valencia Gonzalez, 31, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after being arrested shortly after 7 p.m. at his home in the 9600 block of Helena Avenue, Covina police Lt. John Curley said. He was described as a member of a Pomona-area street gang.
The shooting took place about 9:45 p.m. Sunday in the 100 block of East Cypress Street. A 25-year-old man who was visiting his girlfriend in the area suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh after becoming involved in an argument with Gonzalez, police officials said. The wounded man, who has no gang ties himself, was hospitalized in stable condition.
A woman who was initially arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, 32-year-old Kelly Deshannon of La Verne, was ultimately released from jail without charges pending further investigation, Curley said.
She was identified as being part of the argument, but was not suspected of being the shooter, he added.
Detectives following up on the shooting identified Gonzalez as the alleged gunman, Curley said. They set up a surveillance operation outside his home and took him into custody as he exited
“We had a search warrant prepared for his home, which we served right after he was arrested,” Curley said.
Police recovered ammunition, but no gun, from the home, he said. Officials were still looking into whether the ammunition was related to the shooting.
Though originally booked on $50,000 bail, investigators sought, and obtained, a bail enhancement in Gonzalez’s case, Curley said. He was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.
PHOTO of Jose Gonzalez courtesy of the Covina Police Department