Adalberto Flores sought help for the bullet wounds in his buttocks early May 8 at a Hermiston hospital when he spotted Lalo Murillo.
Flores pointed to Murillo, according to public records from Umatilla County Circuit Court, and told the police present, “That’s the [expletive] that shot me!”
Hermiston police Capt. Travis Enyon also said that’s how it went down, and officers immediately arrested Murillo on a warrant.
Enyon said Murillo, 22, was at Good Shepherd Medical Center that Mother’s Day morning with fellow Hermiston resident Alexis Manuel Paredes Bedolla, who was 17 at the time and had been shot in his right forearm by Flores earlier in the morning.
Bedolla was too injured for police to arrest, Enyon said, but officers later booked him into the juvenile jail at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility, The Dalles. He turned 18 on Jan. 21, records show, and five days later was in the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton.
He has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, first-degree assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, all related to the drive-by and shootout that sent him and Flores, 20, to the hospital. Court records do not show a date for his next hearing.
The shooting may have been sparked hours earlier at a Hermiston bar, where Murillo “basically sucker punched” Flores’ cousin Omar Figeroa, Enyon said, knocking him off a chair. According to court documents, Murillo sent text messages bragging about the assault.
Enyon said Flores heard about the situation at the bar and went to see if anyone needed a ride. Flores found everyone had split, so he went to the local Jack in the Box for a meal and headed home.
He arrived at his apartment at 645 S.E. Fourth St., Hermiston, and saw Murillo and Bedolla coming at him, Enyon said. Flores started for the back of the residence to get a gun and bullets began to fly.
Police received reports of at least 10 gunshots at 3:16 a.m. The shooters fired through a screen in an open window, Enyon said, and two rounds struck Flores in the buttocks.
Flores shot back with an AK-47, hitting Bedolla in the forearm, before the gunfire stopped.
The injured shooters had the same plan — get to the hospital — and both were taken in private vehicles.
Enyon said he did not know why Murillo fought at the bar or what was behind the gunfight, but it all could be gang related.
While Bedolla waits in the county jail, Murillo is serving almost six years in state prison for second-degree assault. He pleaded guilty Jan. 20 in Morrow County Circuit Court to stabbing a man in August at a party in Irrigon.
He committed that crime while out on bail. Murillo also is serving a concurrent year for the bar fight after pleading guilty in late December to misdemeanor fourth-degree assault.