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Woman wanted in drive-by shooting surrenders; 2 others remain at large

Police say Deya Ayala walked into the Morgan Hill Police Department Tuesday night and and surrendered to police.  She is being held on suspicion of attempted murder and committing a felony while out on bail.
Morgan Hill Police Department

A 22-year-old woman believed to be the driver of the getaway car after a drive-by shooting in Morgan Hill last week is in custody, while police continue to look for two other suspects in the case.

Police say Deya Ayala walked into the Morgan Hill Police Department Tuesday night and and surrendered. She is being held on suspicion of attempted murder and committing a felony while out on bail.

Ayala is believed to have been behind the wheel of a car when what police described as a “hail of gunfire” was unleashed from the car on two men after they had tried to walk away from an argument with two other men Friday night.

When officers responded to calls about shots being fired at the intersection of Spring Ave. and Monterey Rd. around 11 p.m. Friday they found a 25-year-old Gilroy man suffering gunshot wounds to his upper body and arm.

He was taken to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery. Though his wounds were considered serious, he is expected to survive.

The second man, a 29-year-old Morgan Hill man, was able to escape injury.

Police said in a release that the shooting came after an argument between the men behind a nearby Chinese restaurant.

Though the two victims in the shooting tried to walk away from the argument, police say the two other suspects wanted in the case taunted and yelled at them.

And, according to police, as the two victims walked along Spring Ave. a woman driving a sedan brought the car to an “abrupt stop" before “multiple" shots were fired from the car.

Police are still looking for 22-year-old Francsico Diaz and 21-year-old Nicolas Young, both from nearby Gilroy.

Both men are described by police as armed and dangerous.