A federal grand jury in San Francisco has again indicted 20-year-old Victor Flores, a documented gang member accused of shooting and wounding three federal agents in May.
Flores, who is a member of the 500 Block/C Street Gang, is
one of 13 suspected gang members arrested on May 3 in connection to a triple
murder in a 2010 drive-by shooting in South San Francisco, authorities said.
Prosecutors say Flores shot at the three officers as they arrived at his Petaluma home as part of a Bay Area-wide gang sweep. Flores' father told ABC News that his son shot at the agents, thinking they were rival gang members.
The three officers were wounded, and only one has been able to return to duty. The other two agents are still in therapy.
Flores was arrested and charged with attempted murder on May 4; this second indictment adds additional counts to the charges, including possession of a firearm.
According to the latest indictment, the 500 Block/C Street Gang is a racketeering enterprise, with members and associates who are engaged in a slew of crimes, including narcotics trafficking, extortion, robbery,
and murder. The 500 Block/C Street Gang was a Norteño gang that warred
not only with Sureño gangs, but also with rival Norteño gangs, federal prosecutors said.
"As this incident illustrated, our agents put their lives on the line
every day in their ongoing efforts to promote public safety," said U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton.
Flores federal custody since May 4, and is scheduled to appear in court Aug.
If convicted, Flores could get 20 years to life in prison.
Haag said the indictment unsealed yesterday is a "clear message to gang
members that they will be brought to justice for the pain and sorrow
they inflict on their community.
"For the victims and their families
there is nothing we can do to bring their loved ones back, but I hope
that these charges will start to bring them some closure," Haag stated. "The violence must stop."
The defendants are expected to appear in court tomorrow.