Family: Fatal shooting case of mistaken identity

Family: Shooting a case of mistaken identity

SAN BENITO — Christopher de la Garza fought back tears when he said some people were searching for him but mistakenly shot his older brother.

Edgar Gonzalez, 30, was shot in back of his family’s home on Sombra Street Thursday night. He later died at a local hospital.

Late yesterday afternoon, San Benito police officials were not releasing information surrounding the shooting.

The case marks the city’s first murder since 2015.

At about noon, Lt. Martin Morales said no arrests had been made in the case.

“We’re in limbo,” Glenda Ruth Lopez, Gonzalez’s sister, said late yesterday afternoon, adding police had not released information to her family.

However, de la Garza told police he believed suspects mistakenly shot his brother, she said.

“They were looking for me,” de la Garza said outside the police station late yesterday morning.

Lydia Morales’ eyes filled with tears when she remembered her son rising from the dinner table to check on an SUV parked outside their home.

At about 7:30 p.m., she said, her son was walking out of the house to check on the white Chevrolet Tahoe when he was shot.

“Edgar came out to investigate who was outside of the house and that’s when they shot him,” Lopez said.

Lopez described her brother’s shooting as a case of mistaken identity.

“Edgar was an innocent bystander,” Lopez said. “He doesn’t meddle in anybody’s business.”

De la Garza said five suspects planned to shoot him instead of his brother, who was shot four times.

He said he knows who was behind the shooting.

The night before the shooting, two suspects threw a brick at the family’s home, Lydia Morales said as she held a plastic bag containing the brick.

She said she was carrying the brick to the police station so investigators could use it as evidence in the case.