‘Probable’ gang ties in shooting, police say

Victim expected to survive McCray Street attack

Hollister Police continue to investigate the Nov. 18 drive-by shooting that resulted in serious injuries to a 19-year-old man.

Sgt. Don Pershall of the Hollister Police Department said Dec. 3 that investigating officers have not yet identified the suspect or suspects involved in the shooting that occurred on the southeast side of downtown Hollister. Pershall added the incident was “probably” gang-related.

About 4:50pm Nov. 18, Hollister Police officers responded to the area of South Street and Prospect Avenue on a report of a shooting that had just occurred. The 19-year-old male victim had been walking with his girlfriend on the west sidewalk of McCray Street in the area of the 600 block of that street, according to police. A vehicle approached northbound on McCray Street and someone inside the moving car shot at the couple three to five times.

The male victim was struck in the torso and transported by helicopter to a Bay Area trauma center, according to police. He was expected to survive the gunshot wound. Pershall did not have an update on the victim’s condition last week.

The suspect vehicle is described as a gray or gold sedan—possibly a Honda or Toyota, according to police.

Hollister Police officers processed the shooting scene for possible evidence and contacted local businesses that might have surveillance video footage of the area. Police are asking anyone who was in the area during that time and witnesses the shooting or the vehicle speeding away to call the Hollister Police Department with any information they have.

Anyone with information about this crime can call the Hollister Police Department at (831) 636-4330. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the WeTip hotline at (800) 87-CRIME. Information provided to WeTip may qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.

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