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Deja Marie Ayala Alleged Driver in Morgan Hill Shooting Turns Herself In to Police

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A Gilroy woman suspected of driving a car involved in a shooting last Friday in Morgan Hill surrendered to police Tuesday night as investigators still seek two men in the case, police said today. Deja Marie Ayala, 22, turned herself in to Morgan Hill police at about 10 p.m. Tuesday and was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and committing a felony while out on bail on another felony charge, police spokesman Sgt. Carson Thomas said. Ayala was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose and her arraignment in court is scheduled for Thursday, according to Thomas.

Police are pursuing leads in their search for two men, Francisco Diaz, 22, and Nicolas Young, 21, who are suspected of being Ayala’s passengers in the drive-by shooting late Friday that seriously injured a 25-year-old Gilroy man, Thomas said. Morgan Hill police were dispatched at 11:14 p.m. Friday to investigate a report of gunshots in the area of Spring Avenue and Monterey Road. Officers arrived to find the victim with gunshot wounds to his arm and torso and a 29-year-old man from Morgan Hill who was uninjured, according to police. The wounded man was treated and transported to a hospital in serious condition, police said.

Police determined there had been an argument between two groups of males behind Mr. Hong’s Chinese Fast Food restaurant at 16745 Monterey Road before the shooting. The two victims attempted to walk away but the two male suspects continued to yell and taunt them, police said. As the victims walked toward Spring Avenue, they noticed the two suspects enter a four-door, gray-colored sedan driven by a woman. The woman drove up and stopped abruptly next to the victims and multiple gunshots were fired at them from inside the car, police said. The suspects then drove away and were last seen in the area of Spring and Del Monte avenues.

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