Three drive-by shooting suspects await pretrial hearings

Three drive-by shooting suspects await pretrial hearings

Two of the three men suspected in a gang-related drive-by shooting near South Medford High School were arraigned Wednesday in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Gerardo Reyes, 20, and German Reyes Real, 18, both of Talent, were arraigned on six counts of attempted aggravated murder and one count of unlawful use of a weapon. The brothers' pretrial hearing is set for March 10, said Senior Deputy District Attorney Tim Barnack.

The third suspect, Jose Javier Laris, 18, of Medford was arraigned on the same charges on Feb 21. His pretrial hearing is scheduled for Monday.

The three men remain at the Jackson County Jail, with bail set at $1 million each, Barnack said.

"I'm happy with the bail amount," said Barnack. "These individuals are dangerous and do not need to be driving around on our streets with guns."

Investigators suspect that Gerardo Reyes was the driver of a sedan from which shots were fired at 11 p.m. Feb. 18. His brother, German Reyes Real, was the gunman, Medford police Lt. Tim Doney said.

Detectives believe Laris provided a small-caliber rifle to Reyes Real. Police seized the suspected car, a 1992 Mercury Marquis, Tuesday, and a .22-caliber rifle linked to the shooting.

A 16-year-old boy also was in the car when multiple shots were fired into a car with four teenage girls and two young men inside on Monroe Street near J Street, but the boy was not charged by the grand jury, Doney said.

The brothers were arrested on Feb. 19, one in Medford and one outside their family's home in the Shady Brook Mobile Home Park in Talent. Laris was arrested at the Jackson County District Attorney's office on Feb. 21.

Police said several people involved in the case are members or associates of the Sureños and Norteños gangs in both Oregon and California, but declined to confirm who among the suspects and victims had gang ties. Jail records don't show any immigration holds that would indicate the three are in the country illegally.

Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 776-4497 or e-mail

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