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Affidavit details west side deadly shooting

By: Jesse Martinez and Stacey Welsh
EL PASO, Texas Police made an arrest in the shooting death of a 22-year-old man that happened near the Cincinnati Entertainment District early Saturday morning.

Police said Luis Castruita, 36, shot and killed Efren Gonzalez. Castruita was arrested Sunday evening and was charged with murder.

He was booked into the county jail with bail set at $1 million.

According to an arrest affidavit, Gonzalez was walking across North Mesa Street with two friends when a silver Dodge Caravan had to stop because the group was in the middle of the street.

The victim and his friends had an argument with the driver. The driver, later identified as Castruita, turned into the Miner Plaza complex and confronted the group.

Castruita then got into an argument with Gonzalez, grabbed a semiautomatic handgun, shot once and struck Gonzalezs chest, the affidavit stated.

The shooter left the scene and Gonzalez was taken to University Medical Center where he later died.

On Sunday, police received information that Castruita may have been involved in a shooting, and he matched witnesses descriptions.

Castruita told police in an interview that he drove his van to the scene and an unknown passenger shot the victim, but witnesses told police Castruita was the only person in the van, the affidavit stated.

A search of Castruitas home resulted in police finding a Taurus PT7 .40-caliber handgun in his bedroom, which matched the casings found at the scene and witnesses descriptions.

Castruita has a criminal record including an indictment on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Bexar County for an incident that happened more than a year ago.

He was also convicted in El Paso on federal drug charges.

Castruita is scheduled to plead guilty on Friday in Bexar County for the aggravated assault, but it is not known at this time if he will be extradited.

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