Wednesday, March 11, 2009


A mechanic from Rio Grande City was released from a McAllen hospital Friday evening after being wounded several hours earlier in a drive-by ambush shooting on FM 755 just north of Rio Grande City.
Sheriff’s Department Captain Larry Fuentes indicated Monday that Jose Luis Rios, 42, was released from McAllen Medical Center early Friday evening, Feb. 27 after being injured by a gunshot at some time just before or just after 4 p.m. that day.
Fuentes stated, “The incident was reported to the Sheriff’s Department at 4:43 p.m. Friday. Deputies were dispatched to Starr County Memorial Hospital about an individual with a gunshot wound to his chest.”
Fuentes continued, “He (the victim) said the shooting occurred north of Rio Grande City on FM 755. He said he took off at 3:30 p.m. to test drive a vehicle he had worked on. He said that when he passed the 755 Quick Stop store, the vehicle began to overheat. He pulled over and began to work on the car.”
“He said he (then) heard a loud bang as he was closing the hood and felt a pain in his chest,” added the captain. “He had turned around and was headed southbound on FM 755. He was facing the highway; he pulled down the hood and that’s when he heard a loud bang.”
Fuentes declared, “He described a black pickup truck of unknown make or model heading north. He drove back to Rio Motors, and one of his co-workers drove him to the hospital.”
Fuentes explained, “It looks like a small caliber weapon was used.”
The captain concluded, “We’re continuing to investigate the case. We’re still trying to determine a motive.” He emphasized that anyone with information about this incident is strongly encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Department at 487-5571. All information will be kept confidential.

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