GILROY -- Police made two arrests and are seeking a third suspect considered armed and dangerous after last week's homicide, which claimed the life of a 30-year-old man who was gunned down in what is believed to be a gang-related slaying.

A 17-year-old, who is not being identified, was arrested Saturday night, and Jose Morales Cortez, 21, was taken into custody without incident Sunday. Police are searching for Juan Guerra, 21, and believe he may still be in the area, according to Sgt. Pedro Espinoza.

Espinoza said the trio approached Jesse Emmanuel Silos and an acquaintance just before 9 p.m. in the 7300 block of Chestnut Street. He said there was "some sort of exchange between the two groups" with gang undertones, and one of the suspects opened fire, striking the victims multiple times.

"According to witnesses, there was a lone shooter," Espinoza said.

He said police do not yet know who pulled the trigger.

The men were taken to a hospital, where Silos succumbed to his injuries. His acquaintance, a 37-year-old who is not being named because of safety concerns, was treated and released from the hospital.

Espinoza did not have further information about what led to the arrests.

Silos' mother, Christina Varela, said last week that her son was once in a Gilroy gang, but changed his ways after serving a prison sentence. He was living in Firebaugh, and had gone to Gilroy that evening to visit with his acquaintance, who still had gang ties, Varela said.


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She said Silos was a talented tattoo artist who became engaged to his girlfriend last month.

Espinoza, who works in the police department's gang unit, said he was not familiar with Silos.

Gilroy police, along with officials from the city, school district and community agencies, are holding a community meeting Wednesday to discuss the homicide and what can be done to make neighborhoods safer. Residents are encouraged to bring their concerns and ideas to Eliot Elementary School, 475 Old Gilroy St., from 7 to 8:15 p.m.

Cortez, who is being held without bail, is scheduled to appear in court at noon Wednesday.

Anyone with information about the case of Guerra's whereabouts is asked to call the homicide unit at 408-846-0350. Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact We-Tip at 1-800-782-7463.

Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.