A Golden Gate man is behind bars, accused of opening fire at a sport utility vehicle.
Around 4:30 a.m. Saturday, the victim was driving with friends and her infant son on the 4600 block of 26th Place when a man, later identified as Carlos Ruben Rodriguez, 20, opened fire on her SUV, according to an arrest report. When deputies arrived, the shooter had left the scene.
Late Tuesday, deputies were called to the same location for reports of gunshots. When a deputy approached Rodriguez's home, he smelled marijuana coming from an air conditioning vent, reports said.
The four people inside the home were asked to step outside. Deputies noticed three guns inside and obtained a warrant to search the home. During the search investigators found narcotics and a .380 caliber pistol — matching the .380 caliber casings found at the scene of the initial shooting.
Rodriguez and Enrique Manuel Laureano, 22, were brought in for questioning. Both denied shooting at the SUV. However, one of the SUV passengers identified Rodriguez as the shooter.
Rodriguez, of the 4600 block of 26th Place Southwest, is facing charges of shooting a missile into a vehicle, two counts of aggravated assault, marijuana possession and two counts of cocaine possession. Laureano, of the same address, is facing two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of drug possession.