A Latino city council candidate claimed that a drunk teen pointed a gun at his head and chest while he was campaigning over the weekend — with his daughter and granddaughter.
“It was a terrifying situation,” Hesperia, California city council candidate Gonzalo Gurrola told the Victorville Daily Press newspaper of the incident that happened over the weekend.
Gurrola said he was campaigning in a neighborhood Saturday, November 3 when a woman came out of her house and began screaming obscenities at him.
“I kept telling her I was campaigning for City Council, but she kept screaming and cussing at me,” the candidate said. “There was no reasoning with her.”
Shortly after, two men came out of the house and started to run after him. Gurrola said he tried to hand one of the men a campaign flier, but the man threw it back and screamed an expletive.
“As I was trying to calm him down, he got really close and I could smell alcohol on his breath,” the candidate continued. “That’s when he pulled out a gun and pointed it at my forehead and chest.”
Gurrola said the teen with the gun told him and his daughter to leave and that he heard his granddaughter begin crying. He soon after called the local Sheriff’s Department and signed a report alleging the teen brandished a weapon at him — even though the teen and his mother denied it.
The report noted that this wasn’t the first time the candidate had to interact with police during the midterm campaign season.
In August, Victorville Councilwoman Blanca Gomez was arrested for being in a “non-public” area of Hesperia City Hall while helping Gurrola and another candidate file their campaign paperwork.