Two injured in storage unit shooting

Silverdale Storage echoed with gunshots Wednesday evening as a Bremerton man allegedly opened fire on his wife and another man.

The suspect and the woman were separated and in the middle of a divorce, said Deputy Scott Wilson, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office. The woman, Celestina Maria Cruz, 40, flew in from Florida recently to attend Superior Court proceedings earlier that day.

The couple was at the storage facility, located behind Circuit City and Office Depot, that evening at approximately 7 p.m. to sort through mutual belongings in one of the units.

At one point, there was an argument. The husband, Peter David Cruz, 44, of East Bremerton, allegedly pulled out a revolver and began shooting.

It’s believed the woman may have been hit three times.

During the attack, Mrs. Cruz’s brother-in-law, Carlos Alvaranga, 34, of Silverdale, on scene to help with sorting out property, was shot once in the hand when he interceded. Alvaranga disarmed the suspect, and threw the gun into the storage unit where it was lost among boxes and other items.

The woman, despite serious injuries, managed to get out of the unit and call 911 on her cell phone. She was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center by helicopter between 8 and 8:30 p.m., said Wilson. After several operations, her condition was upgraded Friday from critical to serious.

The brother-in-law was taken to nearby Harrison Silverdale. He was treated and released.

The storage facility has been closed pending further investigation. A sign at the office told customers “Feb. 19: All access denied due to shooting investigation.” Another sign said the office would open at 9 a.m. Friday. The management or owners of the facility could not be contacted.

The suspect was arrested Wednesday night and transported to Kitsap County Jail. He’s being held on $750,000 bail, said Wilson. The suspect appeared in court Thursday and is scheduled for another appearance Monday.

Wilson said the prosecutor may change charges as the investigation proceeds.

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