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UPDATE: Sheriff's Deputies Confirm Shooting Is Gang Related, Search For Suspect Continues

Two individuals shot in Norteno vs. Sureno gang shooting.

Update 8/16 11:30 a.m.: Statements by the second victim, who sustained a single gunshot to the chest and was transported from Seton Coastside Hosptial in Moss Beach to Stanford University Hospital yesterday, place him at the scene of the Half Moon Bay shooting that occurred on Sunday at 4:46 p.m., according to a report from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's deputies have determined this is a Norteno versus Sureno gang shooting. The Sheriff's Gang Intelligence Unit is assisting in the investigation.

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office reported that the shooting suspect is described as a Hispanic male adult, 20-24 years old, short hair, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and jeans. The suspect left the scene riding a beach cruiser-style bicycle.

Update 8/15 8 p.m.: Officials with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office say a new victim injured during the suspected gang shooting Sunday afternoon sought medical aid for a non-lifethreatening gunshot wound to the chest at Seton Coastside Medical Center this morning.

Sheriff's investigators in Half Moon Bay continue to search for a suspect on a green bike who fled the scene of the shooting.

A witness told investigators that the suspected shooter was a Hispanic male in his early 20s who lived in the immediate area.

The shooting happened when two groups of suspected gang members converged at the Half Moon Bay intersection in Arleta Park. As the two groups were walking, one man dressed in red clothing opened fire. The shooter reportedly fled the scene on his bike.

Update 8/15 2 p.m.: The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office reported today that the name of the victim in the shooting that occurred last night in the area of First Avenue and Grove Street in Half Moon Bay is 29-year-old Jose Casillas Monroy, who was found intoxicated and uncooperative at the west end of Magnolia Street shortly after gun shots were fired. 

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office also said that they determined Monroy was a victim of the shooting when they saw blood flowing out of a hole near the laces of his tennis shoe. Monroy, who allegedly argued that he had only twisted his ankle, was arrested for public intoxication and transported to Stanford Hospital.

According to the Sheriff's Office report, during a search of the area, two subjects were found in a Black Ford Mustang matching the description of a vehicle seen leaving the area at the time of the shooting. The two subjects were detained by deputies and later released due to insufficient evidence.

Half Moon Bay Patch will continue to update the story as more information becomes available.

A possible gang-related shooting occurred Sunday evening at approximately 5 p.m. at the corner of 1st Avenue and Grove Street in Half Moon Bay.

One person was reported injured from being shot in the leg.

According to information sent out via the San Mateo County Non-Emergency Alert System, the shooting was not random and appeared to have arose out of an altercation between two groups of young males.

The suspect in the shooting is a young Hispanic male in his twenties who was riding a bicycle at the time. Authorities believe that he lives in the immediate area of the shooting.

Seven shell casings littered the cordened-off intersection.

A black Ford Mustang was reported leaving the scene and was located shortly after the incident.

Sheriff's deputies responded to the incident, in addition to paramedics. One witness reported seeing an injured man loaded into the emergency vehicle and other individuals handcuffed.

Deputies were searching neighborhood backyards with dogs and guns drawn, looking for persons of interest.

The pictures shown were taken about 7 p.m.

To see gang graffiti tagged in the Arleta Park neighborhood, click here.

The Sheriff's Office is requesting that anyone with information about this incident come forward. Individuals can call the Sheriff's Office Anonymous Tip Line at 1-800-547-2700 or Detective Matt Broad at 650-363-4363.

Half Moon Bay Patch will continue to follow this story and update the site as more information becomes available.

Additional reporting by Bay City News.

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Kim De La Torre August 16, 2011 at 02:16 AM
Wow.....who would have ever thought this would happen In Half Moon Bay.
Laura McHugh August 16, 2011 at 05:04 AM
Yes - pretty scary. I don't like the idea of guns being fired in a neighborhood setting.

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