A Norteño gang member still on the run after a drive-by shooting early Tuesday sought help from someone who lives near where a police chase ended in a crash, then connected with a family member in Gold Hill and was treated at Three Rivers Community Hospital, investigators said today.
While police have tracked the path of Gabriel Perez, 20, of Medford, through the hours after the shooting and crash, they don't know where he is now, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department said in a news release this afternoon.
Perez was the fourth person in a Chevy Impala from which shots were fired at an Isuzu Rodeo on Beall Lane at about 4 a.m. Tuesday. A shot hit 22-year-old Erik Dorey in the face and one grazed 19-year-old Jennifer Knutson. Dorey is hospitalized in Portland, and Knutson has been released after treatment.
As the Chevy sped away, an Oregon State Police trooper saw it run a red light at the corner of Beall Lane and Highway 99 and pursued it west to Old Stage Road. It crashed near the 8200 block, about a mile and a half south of Interstate 5 near Gold Hill, killing one passenger, 17-year-old Gustavo Santiago, of Central Point. Two 19-year-olds from Traver, Calif., Miguel A. Carbajal and Francisco J. Campos, were found in the car and were taken to local hospitals. Carbajal has since been lodged in the Jackson County Jail on attempted murder, assault, manslaughter and other charges.
Investigators now say Perez apparently ran from the crash site to a neighboring home. The resident there let Perez make a call to a family member, then gave him a ride to Figaro's Pizza in Gold Hill, where his family member picked him up and took him to the hospital in Grants Pass, the sheriff's news release said.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said in the release that at the hospital, Perez lied about how he had been injured, offering several conflicting stories. Hospital officials contacted Grants Pass Department of Public Safety. An officer tried to question Perez, who gave a fake name and changed his story several times. The officer, who didn't know about the drive-by shooting and fatal crash in Jackson County, photographed Perez's injuries, but was not able to arrest or detain Perez after he was medically cleared. Perez left the hospital and was last seen in the Medford area.
Detectives have been actively searching for Perez and are still seeking information on his whereabouts. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's department at 541-774-6800, Jackson County Dispatch at 541-776-7206 or the sheriff's tip line at 541-774-8333.