Trial set for November in Walla Walla shooting case

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WALLA WALLA — Two alleged gang members pleaded innocent Monday afternoon in Superior Court to shooting at two people who were wounded in a vehicle this summer.

Cisco Antonio Gonzalez, 18, and Christian Bianey Jaimes Rogel, 19, are set for trial starting Nov. 12.

Each is charged with two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of first-degree malicious mischief and one count of drive-by shooting.

Gonzalez also is accused of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Two co-defendants — Carlito Angelino Garcia, 18, and 20-year-old Gerald Candelario Gonzalez Jr. — remain at large.

Officials say at least three of the four suspects each was armed with a handgun as they were riding in a white truck that arrived near Sixth Avenue and Moore Street early on the morning of July 20.

They then allegedly fired multiple times at Johnny A. Jimenez and his girlfriend, Tracy A. Diaz Bobadilla, who were in Diaz Bobadilla’s 2007 Nissan Altima.

Jimenez tried to back up the car to escape the continued shooting and crashed into the building at 400 W. Moore St. Those in the white truck fled.

Both victims were hit by gunfire. They were treated and released at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

The attacks were witnessed by a confidential informant who later spoke with detectives, according to a police report filed in court.

A specific motive isn’t clear, although police said victim Jimenez affiliates with a rival gang.

Cisco Gonzalez and Jaimes Rogel were arrested Aug. 22 in Milton-Freewater and booked into the Umatilla County Jail. They waived extradition and were transferred to the Walla Walla County Jail on Aug. 28.

Bail is set at $150,000 apiece.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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