Four San Clemente men were booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon Friday in connection with a shooting that left another San Clemente man wounded at a local motel Thursday night, police said.
Glenn Martinez, 34, was treated and released from Good Samaritan Hospital after being shot twice in the left arm during the 7:25 p.m. incident at the Travelodge Motel, 1301 N. El Camino Real, according to Sgt. Richard E. Downing of the San Clemente Police Department. Martinez’s wife and a male friend, who were with Martinez, were uninjured.
The suspects were identified as Mario Antonio Hertado, 24; Juan Ramerez Silva, 22; Roy Barreno Cordova, 24, and Raul Barreno Cordova, 20.
Police say the shooting resulted from an argument earlier in the evening that escalated when the suspects reportedly followed the victim to the motel. Martinez and his wife had checked into the hotel for one night “while his house was being fumigated,” Downing said.
The argument began again after the suspects knocked on the door of Room 210 and Martinez stepped outside, Downing said. Shots were fired, and Martinez and the gunman struggled as Martinez attempted to close the door of the second-story motel room. More shots were fired, a total of seven in all, Downing said.
Police said the gun, a .22-caliber revolver, has not been recovered.
After the shooting, the suspects scattered, some fleeing over a fence and into Bonita Canyon Park across the street, while others got in a car and sped off, motel manager P.J. Patel said.
Hertado and Silva were arrested at about 1 p.m. Friday at an apartment on El Camino Real, across the street from the motel. Roy Cordova was arrested about an hour later, leaving the same apartment, and his brother, Raul Cordova, was arrested at a liquor store at the south end of town about 3 p.m., police said.
The suspects were tracked down “based on information from sources on the street and witness reports,” Downing said.
Police say the four suspects are scheduled to be arraigned in South County Municipal Court on Monday morning. They are being held in lieu of $10,000 bail each.
This is the third shooting in San Clemente, a city of 38,000, since December, and two reported stabbings have occurred in the last three weeks, Downing said.