Suspects wanted in fatal San Benito shooting

February 23, 2019

SAN BENITO —A 30-year-old man’s family members say police have suspects in his fatal shooting.

Edgar Gonzalez was shot in back of his home on Sombra Street at about 7:30 p.m. last night before he died at a local hospital.

Police were not releasing information on the case, Lt. Martin Morales said late this morning.

Gonzalez’s family said five suspects were behind the shooting they described as a case of mistaken identity.

Christopher de la Garza said the suspects planned to shoot him instead of his brother.

“They were looking for me,” de la Garza said outside the San Benito police station late this morning.

De la Garza claims his ex-girlfriend was behind the shooting.

Lydia Morales, Gonzalez’s mother, said her son walked out of the house to check on a white Chevrolet Tahoe parked outside when he was shot.

“Edgar was an innocent by-stander,” Glenda Ruth Lopez, his sister, said. “Edgar came out to investigate who was outside of the house and that’s when they shot him.”

The night before the shooting, two suspects threw a brick at the family’s home, Lydia Morales said as she held a plastic bag containing the brick.

She said she was carrying the brick to the police station so investigators could use it as evidence in the case.


11: a.m.

SAN BENITO — Police are looking for the suspects tied to a drive-by shooting death of a man.

Police say Edgar Gonzalez was shot near Sombra Street near Sullivan Elementary at about 7:30 p.m. last night before he died in a local hospital.

Initial reports said the suspects had been arrested, but police say they are still searching for those responsible.