Arrests Made in Separate Disturbances in Downtown Salem

Posted on May 1, 2023

Salem, Ore. — At approximately 10:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, the dispatch center received several reports of an adult male brandishing a gun at a group of people who were gathered in the south entrance parking lot of Riverfront Park. Witnesses reported the man left the location in a black pickup truck before Salem Police officers arrived. They provided police with a description of the suspect and details of the disturbance.

About 20 minutes later, officers were called to a fight involving a large group of people in the parking lot of the Safeway store located at Center and 12th STS NE. As officers arrived on the scene, the suspect and several individuals fled in a black pickup truck believed to be involved in the incident at Riverfront Park.

After a short distance, the driver of the pickup, identified as Martin Andrew Gonzalez, age 33, collided with two vehicles on Marion ST NE: one vehicle at Liberty ST and another at Commercial ST.

A gun and a high-capacity magazine were recovered. Gonzalez was arrested and lodged at the Marion County Jail on various related charges, including felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, and reckless endangering.

An unnamed female juvenile occupant in the truck, age 13, was also arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm and lodged at the Marion County Juvenile Department. The Salem Police Department does not provide the name of any minor involved in a criminal investigation.

Several individuals involved in the collision requested medical transport to Salem Health. No information about their medical status is available.

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