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2 brothers arrested for El Paso freeway gunfire video allegedly claim they were celebrating dad’s birthday

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Josue Efrain Macias, 21, and Ruben Armando Macias, 23, named as suspects in El Paso video of guns fired on freeway.

EL PASO, Texas -- Court documents reveal a possible motive for why two El Paso brothers were firing guns from a car traveling down U.S. 54 in an incident captured on a viral video. (You can watch it in the video player at the top of this article.)

The documents obtained by ABC-7 indicate that one of the brothers allegedly told police they were firing the guns because they were celebrating their father's birthday.

Police have identified the two borthers they took into custody last week as 21-year-old Josue Macias and 23-year-old Ruben Macias. The pair were arrested and charged with discharging a firearm within city limits.

According to the court documents, the two men fired guns along a three-mile stretch of U.S. 54 northbound between Transmountain and Sean Haggerty.

The video of the gunfire first appeared on a local social media page and was quickly shared by many. It showed two men firing shots out of car windows along the freeway. The viral video prompted a police probe that led to the arrests.

Police said they determined the gunfire depicted in the viral video took place on Nov. 17.

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KVIA ABC-7

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