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Castroville Man Sentenced for Firearm Violations Involving Two Drive-By Shootings

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Texas

SAN ANTONIO – A Castroville man was sentenced Thursday to 151 months in prison for firearm violations.

According to court records, a search warrant was executed on May 10, 2019 at the Medina County residence of Christopher Gonzales, 25, where three semi-automatic pistols were located along with marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  Prior to the search, on April 22 and 23, 2019, Gonzales went on a crime spree, which included two drive-by shootings in San Antonio and an armed robbery of an individual.  Vehicles were struck by gunfire in one of the shootings.  In the second drive-by, Gonzales pointed a laser-equipped pistol at a victim and then fired several shots into the air.

Gonzales pleaded guilty on May 4, 2022, to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Gonzales has been in federal custody since his arrest on Sept. 10, 2019.

The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas and Special Agent in Charge Fred J. Milanowski of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Houston Field Division.

The ATF, San Antonio Police Department and Medina County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Yuen prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.  Anonymous tips involving gang crime and wanted fugitives can be submitted at www.stopsanantoniogangs.org.

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Updated December 9, 2022

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Firearms Offenses