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3 teens charged in east El Paso drive-by shooting witnessed by police detective

UPDATE, June 17: Three teenagers have now been charged following an east El Paso drive-by shooting earlier this week that was witnessed by a police detective and prompted a cross-city car chase ending in their capture.

Police initially made five arrests following the incident and on Thursday announced formal charges were filed against three of those taken into the custody:

  • 18–year-old Jonathan Ware, charged with Deadly Conduct, bond set at $250,000.
  • 17–year-old Devin Louie Castillo, charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, bond set at $500,000.
  • 17–year-old Gevoni Shears, charged with Deadly Conduct, bond set at $5,000.

The trio were all being held in the downtown jail.

Police said the teens shot at a home in the 1600 block of Leroy Bonse Drive on Monday; nobody was hurt but gang unit investigators said a couple in their 30s and and a 2–year-old toddler were inside the house at the time of the gunfire. A motive for the shooting hasn't been revealed.

Gevoni Shears (left), Jonathan Ware (center) and Devin Louie Castillo (right).

ORIGINAL REPORT, June 14: EL PASO, Texas -- Five people were taken into custody by police after a drive-by shooting Monday on El Paso's east side that was witnessed by an off-duty officer.

Authorities said no one was injured in the gunfire that occurred in the 1600 block of Leroy Bonse Drive. Residents reported hearing multiple gunshots in what they described as an otherwise quiet neighborhood.

An off-duty officer who apparently saw the shooting followed the vehicle across the city, where police said patrol units stopped it in the 500 block of Executive Center on the west side. Witnesses observed dozens of officers, many from the gang unit, converge on the scene.

Police said five individuals in the vehicle were arrested. There was no immediate word on what charges they would face and authorities have not discussed a motive for the drive-by, although the police gang unit was taking the lead in the investigation.

An eyewitness to the arrests told ABC-7 that police seized a 9 millimeter hand gun from one of the five suspects.

(Crime tape blocks off the 1600 block of Leroy Bonse after a drive-by shooting.)
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  1. Now secure the weapon and trace the serial number back to the original owner irresponsible registered gun owner registered Republican RepubliGun owner who allow guns to fall into the hands of uinitiated kids.

    1. So which is it Forward? You can’t have it both ways. They’ve already established the first shooter was a black kid. But you leftist idiots claim ALL black people are democrats. So is this kid a Republican shooter or a Democrat shooter. Go ahead back yourself into a corner. This is the kind of rhetoric you race baiting, identity politics, uniformed leftists create.

    1. I thought officers were interventionists not witnesses. Must of been Madmike or one of his kind. Run!!!!!! No not you Madmike! Lol. Uvacowboys statement reflects his hatred towards blacks by the way.

  2. There is NO Alberto and NO ridgemar and NO apt. 225. But there ARE 3 white trumper idiots: Jeff Allen, Madmike, and Biden is my president. 3 unhappy displaced white pucker face hermits with immigrant hatred, anti El Paso, AND know everything but spend their worthless lives sitting at home trolling. Lol. What a way to spend a retirement.

      1. Not only do we know where IT is, we know where IT is going to. Very hot place down there. alberto will take char lie doo doo and going backwards with IT.

        1. Now nado Dave must be smoking his daughters weed. Hot down there? Lol. Is their a pitchfork too? With a red devil and horns? Lol. Nadodave do yourself a favor and disappear.

  3. The local military recruiters need a performance evaluation. Bringing in riff raff. Let’s all hail the heroes!!!!!!!!! Lol. Good gosh.

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