Third man arrested for role in September northeast Salem shooting

(Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 5 arrested a third man indicted on charges stemming from a September shooting that injured two people in northeast Salem.

A Marion County grand jury indicted Gabriel Herrera, 20, Sept. 28 on three counts of first-degree attempted murder, two counts of first-degree assault and three counts of unlawful use of a weapon, a secret indictment showed.

Herrera was arrested Jan. 5 and booked into the Marion County Jail, where he is being held without bail, the jail’s roster showed Tuesday morning.

Grand jury indictments allege Herrera and two other men, Alejandro Ramirez and Victor Alfonzo Ventura-Robles, attempted to kill three people in a Sept. 25 shooting, seriously injuring two.

During Herrera’s arraignment on Jan. 6, the Marion County District Attorney’s Office said he drove a vehicle used in the drive-by shooting and then drove the other two men away from the scene, according to Deputy District Attorney Amy Queen.

The indictments state Ramirez, 20 of Dallas, and Ventura-Robles, 19 of Salem, used or threatened to use a firearm during the incident.

A 911 caller reported a shooting just after 1 p.m. Sept. 25 on Tide Court Northeast near Surfwood Drive Northeast in an unincorporated area of Salem, a Sept. 26 news release said.

Initial reports said at least two people were injured and witnesses saw someone in a vehicle flee the scene.

Marion County Sheriff’s deputies and other local and state police responded and found the vehicle. 

The sheriff’s office initially said in a news release Sept. 25 that a 10-year-old boy was taken to the hospital in an ambulance with life-threatening injuries, and the second injured person, a 31-year-old male, was in stable condition. Both were in stable condition several days later, the news release said.

Queen said the district attorney’s office had no update on the victims’ status as of Tuesday afternoon.

Marion County detectives on Sept. 26 arrested Ramirez and Ventura-Robles in connection with the shooting.

They were both were indicted Sept. 28 on three counts of first-degree attempted murder with a firearm, two counts of first-degree assault with a firearm and three counts of unlawful use of a weapon with a firearm, a secret indictment showed. They are also in custody at the Marion County Jail without bail.

Herrera is scheduled to enter a plea at a hearing on Jan. 14, court records showed.

Contact reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian: [email protected] or 503-929-3053.

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