Back-seat passenger shoots driver with a handgun

Back-seat passenger shoots driver with a handgun

ANDRADE, Calif. – A man shot another man with a handgun while they both sat in the same car.

Imperial County Sheriff’s Department (ICSO) deputies say they arrested Fernando Hernandez Aguirre after the incident Sunday night. The 27-year-old suspect, a Yuma resident, was sitting in the back seat of the car when he shot the driver, according to deputies.

Aguirre ran to the Andrade port of entry for medical assistance while another passenger, who was in the car during the shooting, provided first aid to the victim.

Deputies say U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers where first on scene since the incident happened in a parking lot at the Quechan reservation. Officers were able to hold Aguirre and confiscate a .380 caliber weapon while deputies arrived to make the arrest.

Aguirre was booked into Imperial County Jail for attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed firearm and having a loaded firearm in public and in a vehicle. His bail was set at $500,000.

The victim was taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center, his condition is unknown.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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