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Jul 8, 2013 8:23 PM by Andy Koen

Cause of fight between brothers remains unclear

PUEBLO - The bullet holes in the houses on E. 16th Street tell a story of a reckless gun battle and car chase between two brothers last week. It started with a fight in the front yard of the Ayala family home at 1917 E16th on Wednesday, July 3 at around 2:30 p.m.

Isaac Ayala, 27, told officers he fired a shot in the ground to get his brother Joaquin, 34, to stop hitting his pregnant girlfriend. According to the arrest warrant, Isaac said Joaquin was "pulverizing" a woman named Evelyn.

After the first shot was fired, Joaquin went and got his gun. Isaac said he got in the car to leave when Joaquin chased after him, shooting at him from another car.

Isaac returned fire emptying the 9mm of all 10 rounds. The Ayala home was hit multiple times and a neighbor's home was also struck.

The cars sped along Troy Avenue and witnesses say they were traveling between 60 and 100 miles per hour.

Joaquin gave up the chase near the CSU-Pueblo campus. Police department spokesman Sgt. Eric Gonzalez says investigators still aren't sure what the fight was about.

"To be honest with you, they're still trying to determine it and they're not getting a lot of cooperation. So, other than the squabble, is all we got."

Both brothers have previous felony convictions and shouldn't have had access to guns. Isaac was convicted on drug charges in 2005 and Joaquin on felony theft charges in 2006.

Isaac came back to the house and surrendered to officers. Joaquin was taken into custody later that night when the police were called to another disturbance involving him and Evelyn.

Officers found a .22 caliber revolver with spent casing in a Chrysler Cirrus. Evelyn did not appear to be injured.

"If there are any other witnesses out there who saw something and haven't come forward yet to give us some information, their input might be helpful," Sgt. Gonzalez said.

The Ayala brothers are both facing felony charges of possession of a weapon by a previous offender, as well as misdemeanor charges of prohibited use of a weapon and reckless endangerment.

Joaquin is being held at the Pueblo County Jail on $55,000 bond. Isaac was released on bail.

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