Gunfire erupts in downtown Mountain View, a woman escapes attempted kidnapping
MOUNTAIN VIEW - Downtown Mountain View is known for its trendy restaurants and bars and on a typical weekend night, Castro Street is packed with people.
But at 2 a.m. on Saturday, however, police said two men attempted to grab a woman and force her into a car behind a restaurant.
“She was very brave to do what she did by fending them off and screaming and yelling for help,” said Katie Nelson of Mountain View Police.
Police said the woman fought back. Two of her friends rushed to help. As a struggle ensued, one of the suspects pulled out a handgun. As they drove off, they opened fire. Police said it's unclear if they were aiming at the victims or firing into the air. Police recovered several shell casings.
“When it comes to guns, you can be victim and anybody can be victims,” said Jakia Ferdous of Mountain View.
Police spotted the suspect's car and arrested 29-year-old Guillermo Perez and 19-year-old Walter Ramirez. The two men live together. Police searched their home in Menlo Park and found more ammunition and a Taser. An employee at a nearby nightclub told KTVU the suspects and victim knew each other and it was a domestic dispute.
“It's not so much about the kidnapping but it's more about the random gunfire that's the part that is scary,” said Asif Iqbal of Mountain View.
Iqbal and his wife live close by and frequent downtown. They said the news is disturbing and are grateful no one was injured.
“This neighborhood is usually very safe,” said Iqbal. “I guess we will try to avoid coming in this area that late night.”
Police are investigating a motive and reviewing surveillance video from nearby businesses. The two men have been booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.