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San Bruno Cop Foiled Gang Shooting on Saturday

Three suspected gang members who were arrested after a police chase early Saturday morning were on their way to kill a rival gang member, police now believe.

Updated May 31 at 9:34 a.m.

The San Mateo County Times has reported that a San Bruno police officer who was involved in an early morning chase after three men Saturday foiled a gang shooting.

According to the Times, Daniel Garcia, 23, of San Bruno, Michael Apolinario, 25, of Pacifica and Diego Bernal, 18, of San Bruno, are all documented gang members who were in the neighborhood to kill a rival gang member. Garcia and Apolinario were recently released from state prison.

Police said an officer tried to stop the car they were riding in, which was stolen, on Third Avenue near Belle Air Elementary School after hearing about a confrontation in the area. The men then apparently jumped out of the car and fled on foot.

When the officer chased one of the suspects, now believed to be Garcia, he turned and fired a handgun twice at the officer. The officer was unharmed. All three suspects were arrested later on Saturday.

A gun belonging to Garcia was found on Sunday in a backyard by a 9-year-old boy playing with his sister, the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office said. The boy thought it was a toy and brought the gun to his mother and asked if he could play with it.

They appeared in San Mateo County Superior Court on Wednesday on charges that include attempted murder, a gang member committing a felony, assault on a police officer with a gun and car theft, according to the Times. They are expected to return to court June 6 to enter pleas.

If convicted, all three men could face life in prison.

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Edwin S May 31, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Its official, San Bruno, you have a gang problem. Young people are killing each other in residential areas, next to elementary schools. Can this be "nipped in the bud" or has the "ship sailed". I don't know enough to say, but it would be good to see the Patch interview the police Chief to get his opinions and vision on how to address this very serious issue.
Martin Ricard (Editor) May 31, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Thanks for the suggestion, Edwin S. I'll follow up on that idea.
Sandy B May 31, 2012 at 05:36 PM
@ Edwin - Why do you think Parkside has uniform - San Bruno has had a gang problem for a long time. Those of you up on the hill are completely unaware of the reality in the avenues.
Edwin S May 31, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Many are, and have been, so make them aware, they will be your allies in helping address the problem. The snarky comments do no good, just alienates you from others in the community and promotes divisiveness. BTW, I live by the Heart, not up the hill.
San Bruno Mark May 31, 2012 at 09:27 PM
I'm glad to see the SBPD officer was unhurt in this confrontation.
Ernesto megunia June 05, 2012 at 04:02 PM
They ain't gang members i have known Daniel Garcia over 10 years already he's just a boy who is confused and trying to fit in. its sad that he would do this foolish thing just to prove something.
john smith June 11, 2012 at 06:46 AM
well you are certainly wrong on this one. I constantly see those so called scrapes or surenos walking the streets like they are something tough but they are just all little punks trying to put fear in people but little do they know there just bringing it upon themselves.
Ernesto megunia June 12, 2012 at 04:29 AM
John Smith is it possible that you yourself fear these gang members? or are you a gang member yourself?
Hope June 13, 2012 at 05:37 AM
I don't know about the other two guys but I certenly know that Diego bernal ain't NO bad person and he just got caught up with the wrong people at the wrong time he ain't no bad person he could be what ever you want but he will NEVER try to take the life of a human been and ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE HIM!!!!!! And if theirs justice he won't be judge for something he didn't do.
Ernesto megunia June 13, 2012 at 07:32 PM
But see if Daniel would have killed that cop all three of them would have been charged with felony murder. since they were on their way to kill a rival gang member he would have still gone it with felony murder.
FTC June 21, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Its ok to go outside and be a scrap again Nestor. D is locked up so you and your homies can feel safe again. And yes, all of you living in the HILLS have no clue or even an idea of the things that go on in lower San Bruno especially after dark.
Ernesto megunia June 22, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Thank you officer I'll take that into consideration.

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