Two die in week­end at­tacks

Austin mu­si­cian hurt in rob­bery, shoot­ing near home early Satur­day.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Mark Wil­son md­wil­son@states­man.com

An Austin mu­si­cian who planned on a week of shows dur­ing the South by South­west Mu­sic Fes­ti­val will in­stead spend the week re­cov­er­ing from a gun­shot wound he re­ceived af­ter be­ing robbed near his home in East Austin on Satur­day morn­ing.

The in­ci­dent was just one in a slew of vi­o­lent — and in two cases, fa­tal — at­tacks over the first SXSW week­end.

Michael Sanders, lead gui­tarist and vo­cal­ist for Löwin, said he had just left a show on Sixth Street at Hotel Ve­gas about 1:30 a.m. and was headed to his home on Leona Street when he spot­ted some­one lurk­ing in the shad­ows around the 1100 block.

“Be­fore I know it, three dudes walked up,” he said. “All of them were armed.”

Sanders said the men, who were wear­ing masks, pushed him up against a parked car, and he gave them his cash, cards and phone.

The men started to walk away but hap­pened to head to­ward Sanders’ house.

Sanders said he con­tin­ued walk­ing in the same di­rec­tion, and one of the men turned and fired.

“I was just like, ‘I can’t be­lieve this guy shot me. He al­ready has my stuff,’ ” he said.

The bul­let ripped through Sanders’ right shoul­der and lodged in a parked car be­hind him.

With­out a phone, he sought help from a cou­ple of neigh­bors, who ini­tially didn’t come to their doors, he said.

Even­tu­ally, some­one let him in to call 911.

Austin po­lice and Austin-Travis County Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices re­sponded a few min­utes later and took Sanders to Uni­ver­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter Brack­en­ridge.

Sanders said of­fi­cers found his phone af­ter he was shot, and he can­celed all of his bank cards be­fore the thieves made any pur­chases on them.

“They got about 40 to 60 bucks in cash,” he said. “It was kind of silly.”

The most dis­ap­point­ing part of the or­deal, Sanders said, is that he won’t be able to take the stage with his band this week. He said Löwin still will per­form, but as a trio un­til he is back in ac­tion.

Sanders said it was pretty clear that the men who robbed him were tar­get­ing South by South­west at­ten­dees, and he urged peo­ple to be care­ful and pay at­ten­tion to their sur­round­ings as they bounce around be­tween shows

through­out the week.

Three other vi­o­lent en­coun­ters over the week­end sent one person to the hospi­tal and two to their graves.

Glen Ray­mond Bur­ford, 51, died Fri­day night at UMC Brack­en­ridge af­ter po­lice found him with ob­vi­ous trauma at a bus stop at East Sev­enth and Co­mal streets.

About an hour af­ter Sanders was shot Satur­day, an­other man was slashed with a box cut­ter dur­ing an ar­gu­ment near East Sev­enth and Red River streets. Ac­cord­ing to an ar­rest af­fi­davit, Luis Uvaldo Ro­driguez has been charged with ag­gra­vated as­sault with a deadly weapon.

Sun­day evening, Austin po­lice found a man shot in the 900 block of Bird Creek Drive in North Austin. The man, iden­ti­fied by au­thor­i­ties as Jose Pe­dro Dominguez-Cam­pos, was taken to UMC Brack­en­ridge, but he died of his in­juries at 7:23 p.m.

Po­lice is­sued an ar­rest war­rant Monday morn­ing for Jose Medel Martinez-Lopez, 35, who faces a mur­der charge in Dominguez-Cam­pos’ death.

Martinez-Lopez’s wife told po­lice the two men and their fam­i­lies lived to­gether on Bird Creek Drive, the ar­rest war­rant af­fi­davit said. Ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ment, she told po­lice the men had not been get­ting along and were ar­gu­ing about mov­ing a ve­hi­cle out of the drive­way when Martinez-Lopez pulled a gun and shot Dominguez-Cam­pos.

At press time Monday, po­lice still were search­ing for Martinez-Lopez and the sus­pects in all of the other at­tacks.

Po­lice is­sued an ar­rest war­rant Monday morn­ing for Jose Medel Martinez-Lopez, 35, who faces a mur­der charge in Dominguez-Cam­pos’ death.

Michael Sanders was struck in the right shoul­der, keep­ing him out of band gigs.

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