Bang, bang, bang, bang.
That's the sound Christine Vonsivers heard early on June 19 in the 3000 block of Park Avenue before calling police, she told jurors in Merced County Superior Court on Thursday.
That same spring day, two men, Martin Olvera, 18, and Daniel Uriostegui, 21, were arrested by Merced police in connection with the shooting.
The two alleged gang members were charged with shooting at an off-duty Merced police officer as he drove in the 3000 block of Park Avenue at 4:30 a.m.
Both men are currently standing trial for attempted murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling or vehicle and participation in a criminal street gang.
The shooting happened after a party at the apartment of Camele Vargas, Vonsivers' neighbor, grew out of control.
Vonsivers told jurors that she had complained to Vargas three times that night about the volume of the party, then called the police several times as it got rowdier. Her final call came after the fired shots.
According to a police report of the shooting, Officer Vance Walker was driving southbound on Park Avenue when he saw Uriostegui walking from the east curb line. Uriostegui walked into the southbound lane, stopping directly in front of Walker's truck.
After Walker braked, Olvera, who was standing on the curb, spoke to the victim saying something along the lines of, "Do you have a cigarette?" Walker replied that he didn't, but began feeling suspicious because Uriostegui looked over his shoulder toward Olvera, as if something were about to happen.
As Walker drove away, he heard at least three or four shots coming from Olvera's direction. Walker ducked and sped away from the scene, three bullets striking his car. He called police after leaving the scene.
Walker was not injured.
Following the shots, Vonsivers said she heard a number of people charge up the stairs of her apartment building and enter the apartment where the party took place.
Then it was silent.
The police department's SWAT team later searched the Barcelona Apartments near the scene of the shooting, where they found a revolver they believed was connected to the shooting.
If convicted, the two men, who both have a criminal history, could face life in prison.
David Capron, Olvera's attorney, made no comment about the case.
The trial officially began Jan. 25, but the opening statements and witness testimony didn't start until this week, said Sean Howard, the defense attorney representing Uriostegui.
Howard said he could also not comment on the trial.
The prosecuting attorney is Christa Gonzalez.
Judge John Kirihara is presiding over the trial and said it will continue today.
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