A man who allegedly pulled a gun on his former boss because he was upset about losing his job was at large today, a sheriff’s sergeant said.
Alberto Gardenas is suspected of confronting his ex-employer at HITS Desert Horse Park at 85-555 Airport Blvd around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sgt. John Hignight said.
“Deputies discovered that an ex-employee to one of the vendors at the center showed up and confronted that owner about his job loss,” Hignight said.
“An argument ensued and the suspect pulled a semi-auto handgun from his vehicle and pointed it at the owner. The owner wrestled the weapon away from the suspect and one round was fired from the weapon into the dirt.”
The gun jammed, and the man got the gun away from the suspect, who fled before deputies arrived, Hignight said. He characterized it as an isolated incident involving a specific vendor and a former employee.
The victim, whose name was withheld, got scrapes on his hands but was otherwise uninjured, the sergeant said.
Gardenas was described as 28 to 30 years old and 5 feet 5 inches tall, with a stocky build. He may have contacts in the San Marcos area, Hignight said.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts was asked to contact the sheriff’s Thermal station at 760-863-8990 or Coachella Valley Crime Stoppers at 760-341-7867. Informants may be eligible for a cash reward.