FREEPORT — Eight men were arrested after Freeport police saw and heard shots being fired from the back of a mechanic shop in the 600 block of Gulf Boulevard, according to county records.

After seeing and hearing the shots around 1 a.m. Saturday, officers went to the mechanic shop to investigate and found two guns, an AK-47 rifle and a .45 caliber handgun, inside a gray truck parked outside a mechanic shop, according to Police Chief Ray Garivey.

Officers entered the shop where they found eight men who were drinking alcohol and noticed shell casings on the ground, Garivey said.

Among those arrested were Octavio Garcia Jr., 28, of Richwood; Sammuel Garcia, 24, of Lake Jackson; Sigifredo Garcia, 18, of Roma; Kevin Hearn, 31; Julio Hernandez, 25, of Clute; Wbaldo Mario Hinojosa, 18, of Lake Jackson; Javier Ramirez, 31, of Angleton; and Hugo Abilio Santos, 22, of Freeport.

None of the men would say who was shooting the gun or guns, who the guns belonged to or who owned the truck, Garivey said.

After consulting the district attorney’s office, police arrested all eight men and charged each of them with deadly conduct-discharging a firearm, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, according to police records.

Octavio Garcia Jr. and Julio Hernandez are being held on $10,000 bonds, according to county records. The remaining six men were each bailed out on $10,000 bonds.

Police are still investigating who owns the shop and whether any of the men worked there, Garivey said. No one was injured in the incident and police believe alcohol was a factor, he said.

Elizabeth Parrish is a reporter for The Facts. Contact her at 979-237-0149.

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