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Granny, 2 Grandsons Arrested in Shooting

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two men and their grandmother, who were allegedly involved in a shooting incident at a Walmart store earlier this month, were taken into custody Wednesday after a two-hour standoff in Peralta.

U.S. Marshals Service investigators along with Albuquerque and State Police learned that brothers Zephaniah Martinez, 20, and James Martinez, 21, and their grandmother, Sally Gaut, 61, were possibly hiding in Peralta. The brothers were allegedly involved in a Feb. 2 shooting at the Walmart store at Coors and Rio Bravo SW. Gaut allegedly drove the brothers away from the scene at a high rate of speed after the shooting, according to a criminal complaint.

Investigators were told that the Martinez brothers were possibly armed at a Peralta home and willing to have a violent confrontation, according to a Marshals Service news release. The State Police SWAT team convinced the three to exit the home peacefully and they were taken into custody.

On Saturday, two other men, Junior Beltran, 26, and his brother, Hector Rodriguez Jr., were arrested in connection with the shooting. Beltran was shot in the stomach during the gang-related altercation that started inside the store and led into the parking lot, according to police.

The Feb. 2 fight ensued after the Martinez brothers and Beltran allegedly shouted their gang affiliations inside the store. James Martinez pulled out a gun, a witness told police, according to the complaint. Beltran and Rodriguez went to their vehicle to get their guns and walked back toward the Martinez brothers with “guns in their hands,” the witness told police. Meanwhile, Gaut allegedly placed her groceries inside a truck and then went to pick up the Martinez brothers. The brothers got into the truck and Gaut allegedly sped away. About three to four gunshots were then heard by three store employees who witnessed the incident, the complaint reads.

Beltran and Rodriguez are each charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy, aggravated assault with intent to commit a violent felony. The Martinez brothers face the same charges and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to police. Gaut is charged with conspiracy.

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