BURLEY — A Burley man is charged with first-degree attempted murder after police said he and two other men wearing bandanas on their faces shot a man’s vehicle as it drove by on Aug. 23.
Pedro Nanez III, 28, was also charged with a felony account of aggravated battery using a deadly weapon. Both charges carry enhancement penalties, court records said.
Cassia County Undersheriff George Warrell said the sheriff’s office is still looking for two other suspects in the incident.
Police responded to a call at 11:45 a.m. to 10th and Yale in Burley for a report of shots fired and spoke with a man who said he was in the vehicle at the time of the shooting, court records said.
Officers found a 2003 green Cadillac Escalade with multiple bullet holes in it along with damage to the front windshield, back window, the driver’s side and interior. They also recovered multiple spent shell casings in the street near the alley and multiple slugs of different calibers in the street west of the casings.
Several children and adults were out in their yards in close proximity to the shooting and officers canvassed the area to verify no bystanders had been shot.
The man in the vehicle said he drove north to 10th Street and turned west when he was shot at by the three men, court records say.
The man told police he drove past the three men, turned around and drove back toward them. He said he was then holding a lighter that resembled a gun and he was going to ram into their vehicle.
He told police that the people who shot him got into a white Chrysler. Police found the Chrysler in the 1400 block of Malta Avenue, where it had been parked in the back and a broken wooden fence pulled out to partially conceal it.
Nanez was arrested during a traffic stop in Heyburn, and police said he had the keys to the Chrysler in his pocket.
Police initially said they suspected the incident was gang-related.
A preliminary hearing is set in the case for Sept. 4 at Cassia County Magistrate Court.
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