Suspect in Weslaco shooting identified

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The man accused of hospitalizing his neighbor following a Thursday dispute in rural Weslaco was identified.

Jose Cruz Rojas, 20, is wanted on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and deadly conduct in connection with the shooting, according to a Friday news release from the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 2700 block of Mile 7 North Road on Thursday night, where they encountered a man with a gunshot wound.

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The man told deputies he was having a dispute with his neighbor — now identified as Cruz.

“[Cruz] got upset and shot several rounds into the ground, one round struck the victim's ankle,” the news release stated. 

The victim was hospitalized with a “non-life-threatening gunshot wound,” the release added.

Those with any information on Cruz’s whereabouts are urged to contact the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office at 956-383-8114


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