NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches County Sheriff's investigators arrested three suspects in connection to a drive-by shooting that occurred on County Road 521 on April 12.
"The Sheriff's Office is investigating this case as an ongoing gang-related shooting as all suspects in the case have been identified as known gang members," a press release stated.
Nathan Hernandez, 22, of Nacogdoches, was charged with two second-degree felony charges of engaging in organized criminal activity, a Class A misdemeanor evading arrest/detention charge, a Class A misdemeanor charge of harboring a runaway, and a Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge. No bail amount has been set.
David Ortiz, 18, of Nacogdoches, was charged with a second-degree felony charge of engaging in organized criminal activity, a third-degree felony charge of deadly conduct- discharging a firearm, and a Class A misdemeanor charge of evading arrest/detention. Collectively, his bail has been set at $77,500.
Cesar Padilla, 20, was charged with a second-degree felony charge of engaging in organized criminal activity.
According to a press release, NCSO deputies were dispatched out to the area of CR 521, where someone shot at a vehicle as it was driving down the road. The shooting incident occurred near homes where children were playing outside at the time.
Hernandez was charged with harboring a runaway because deputies allegedly found a 16-year-old runaway from Montgomery hidden at his residence.