Police nab 3 in West Side shooting that left 14-year-old fighting for life

Richard Anthony Montez, Juan Martinez, Andres Martinez arrested Saturday

Police have arrested three men in connection with a shooting that left a 14-year-old fighting for his life.

Authorities had originally reported that a man was arguing with an ex-girlfriend over money, then went to a home near Southwest 18th Street and Saltillo, grabbed a gun and opened fire on the block out of anger late Friday night.

After processing the scene and taking witness statements, police later determined there were three shooters.

Authorities arrested Richard Anthony Montez, 33; Juan Martinez, 18; and Andres Martinez, 20, and charged them with aggravated assault. They are all said to have pulled their trigger at one point, police said.

The 14-year-old, who was hit in the head by a stray bullet, is in critical condition. A man driving in the area was grazed by a bullet but is expected to be OK.

Police shut down the blocks surrounding the area after the suspects barricaded themselves inside a home. Hostage negotiators were called to the scene and the suspects came out without incident.

Multiple guns, including an AR-15, were recovered. At least 46 empty shell casings were found, including three types of calibers: .223, 9mm and .40 caliber rounds.

The standoff ended between around 9 a.m. Saturday.

Police have not determined whose bullet struck the victims.

Authorities said there may be more arrests in the future depending on what information the investigation yields.