Police say they have arrested a man they suspect of using a pellet gun to shoot several people, primarily girls and women, in San Jose and Campbell over the past few months in attacks that left some of the victims with serious injuries and near-fatal close calls.
Nicholas Edward Montoya, 38, was arrested Tuesday at his Campbell home. On Wednesday he was charged with 14 counts including seven felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon, corresponding to seven alleged victims.
Nicholas Edward Montoya, 38, of Campbell, has been charged with a series of pellet gun attacks targeting primarily girls and women in San Jose and Campbell. (San Jose Police Dept.)
One of the attacks, which wounded 15-year-old Gianna Vitarelli on June 10 as she walked home from Westfield Valley Fair mall, garnered wide attention after the girl and her family went public with her experience. They told the Bay Area News Group that Gianna suffered a collapsed lung and a fractured rib, that the pellet that hit her missed her heart by an inch, and that the projectile remained in her body because doctors decided its location made it too dangerous to take out.
According to San Jose police, Gianna’s attack was one of at least seven pellet shootings in San Jose and Campbell; another victim was also a minor. One of the victims, police said, suffered similar injuries to Gianna.
Authorities said an investigation that came to involve San Jose police, Campbell police, and the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office did not have much physical evidence to examine, which they attributed to the fact that the attacker shot the victims from a moving car. They said investigators pieced together the case in part by finding commonalities between the victims like the types of injuries inflicted, and matching Montoya’s vehicle …read more
Source:: East Bay – Entertainment