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MISSION — Three people were arraigned Tuesday after allegedly taking part in a drive-by shooting Sunday morning. Authorities said the shooting was in response to a home invasion that occurred Saturday evening that the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
Mission Interim Police Chief Robert Dominguez said a home invasion occurred at the home of Robert Anthony Cantu, one of the individuals arrested. In response, Cantu and two others participated in a drive-by shooting at a home believed to be occupied by a person that Cantu thought to have been responsible for the home invasion, said Dominguez. A family was currently living at the residence was not home at the time of the shooting.
Dominguez said the suspects drove by a home off of Reynosa Street Sunday at about 11:43 a.m., shooting four shotgun slugs into the house and three to a car parked near the home. The intended person had not been living at the house since May. The vehicle that was shot at belonged to a lady that had parked her car and walked the block to church that morning.
Police said luckily for the suspects, the family was not home at the time of the shooting.
“You don’t want anybody to get hurt,” said Dominguez.
The incident appears to be gang- or drug-related, said Dominguez, which the department has been seeing more of lately.
A Mission police officer was patrolling the area and heard the gunshots. When approaching the scene, the officer saw a vehicle speeding away and called in a description of the vehicle. They were able to arrest two then, and issued a warrant for Cantu who they arrested Monday.
Cantu, 25, Isabella Castillo, 22, and Rumaldo Romeo Garza, 22, were all arraigned Tuesday in connection to the shooting.
All three were being held on $400,000 bonds for two counts of deadly conduct. Cantu was also given an additional $5,000 bond for evading arrest on foot.
If convicted of the crimes, the trio could face two to 10 years for each count of deadly conduct.
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