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Family of 5 shot at while driving; El Paso man charged with aggravated assault

Gilbert Rodelas
Gilbert Rodelas

EL PASO, Texas -- An El Paso man was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after police say he fired upon a family of five inside a car in east El Paso.

Police say the incident happened July 11 at 6500 Airport Road at 6:55 p.m. According to investigators, 42-year-old Gilbert Rodelas of central El Paso was driving erratically when he drove up the family of five.

Police say the victim slowed to allow Rodelas to pass, but Rodelas tapped his brakes to slow down. When the victim sped up to pass Rodelas, police say a gunshot rang out.

The victim drove his family, which included his wife and three children, to a Fort Bliss gate. That's where the victim called 911 and discovered his car had been damaged.

Rodelas was arrested on August 1. He was booked into the El Paso County Detention facility.

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