Two men police believe were involved with the Easter Sunday shooting in Monroe turned themselves in Wednesday and were arrested.
According to witnesses who live in the area near 154th Street S.E. and Esther Avenue in Monroe, there were two loud explosions in the early evening, whereupon two men ran out of the house, one carrying a rifle, and there were several more shots.
It was thought that the men were exchanging gunfire with the occupants of a car that had driven by at least once and possibly twice.
Later, police learned that the two men had escaped the area when a friend transported them to a motel in Marysville.
Police searched the home from which the men had run and found a shotgun, and handgun and a number of spent casings. There was also more ammunition. Police also searched and seized a parked vehicle in the neighborhood that had spent bullets in it. Items found at the scene and anonymous tips led police to believe that the matter was gang-related.
Several days later, on April 2, police recovered a black Honda Accord with fresh primer paint on it. One of the occupants said he’d been in the car during the incident, and that they had only driven by the house, and that a bullet had passed his head. The man also said that no one in the car had been injured.
Police found what they believe to be bullet holes beneath the primer.
Marcos Cardoza-Ayala, 19, of Monroe, was booked for first-degree assault, and Julio Garcia-Ayala, 20, of Monroe, was booked for rendering criminal assistance in the first degree.