East Austin shoot­ing city’s third homi­cide in six days

Man shot in area near in­ter­sec­tion of Manor, Spring­dale roads.

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

Austin po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the city’s third homi­cide in less than a week af­ter a man was fa­tally shot Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon in an East Austin neigh­bor­hood.

Of­fi­cers re­sponded around 12:45 p.m. in the 6400 block of Spring­dale Road, near the in­ter­sec­tion with Manor Road, to re­ports of a shoot­ing in the area. They found a man near the RARE Apart­ments com­plex who had been shot, po­lice Sgt. David Daniels said.

Daniels said wit­nesses told po­lice that the shoot­ing hap­pened dur­ing an al­ter­ca­tion in­volv­ing a group of peo­ple.

The vic­tim, who hadn’t been iden­ti­fied but was de­scribed by po­lice as a man in his 20s, was taken to Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter Brack­en­ridge, where he later died.

Al­though gang in­ves­ti­ga­tors were as­sist­ing homi­cide de­tec­tives with the case, po­lice couldn’t con­firm whether the in­ci­dent was gang-re­lated, Daniels said.

Po­lice haven’t made any ar­rests in the case, but Daniels said po­lice don’t be­lieve the shooter poses any larger threat to the pub­lic.

“We are in­ter­view­ing wit­nesses and try­ing to con­firm (de­tails) to hope­fully re­solve this sit­u­a­tion as quickly as pos­si­ble,” Daniels said.

The deadly shoot­ing re­sulted in the city’s third homi­cide since last week­end, when two other men died as a re­sult of vi­o­lence.

Shortly be­fore 8 p.m. Fri­day, po­lice re­sponded to a bus stop at the south­east cor­ner of East Sev­enth and Co­mal streets where 51-year-old Glen Ray­mond Bur-

ford had fallen nearby.

Austin-Travis County EMS medics, who also ar­rived and tried to re­sus­ci­tate him, told the of­fi­cers Bur­ford “had sus­tained trauma to the body,” po­lice said.

Bur­ford was taken to UMC Brack­en­ridge, where he later died. De­tec­tives later learned that he lived close to the bus stop and had walked there af­ter be­ing at­tacked.

Two nights later, Austin po­lice re­sponded around 6:45 p.m. to re­ports of a shoot­ing in the 900 block of Bird Creek Drive in North Austin and found Jose Pe­dro Dominguez-Cam­pos with “ob­vi­ous trauma to his body.” He was taken to UMC Brack­en­ridge, where he was pro­nounced dead less than an hour later.

Po­lice ac­cused 34-year-old Jose Medel Martinez-Lopez of shoot­ing Dominguez-Cam­pos and charged him with murder on Mon­day.

Ac­cord­ing to an ar­rest war­rant af­fi­davit, Martinez-Lopez’s wife told po­lice the two men and their fam­i­lies lived to­gether on Bird Creek Drive, but the men hadn’t been get­ting along. They were ar­gu­ing Sun­day about mov­ing a ve­hi­cle out of the drive­way when Martinez-Lopez pulled a gun and shot Dominguez-Cam­pos mul­ti­ple times, she told po­lice.

At press time Wed­nes­day, po­lice were still search­ing for Martinez-Lopez, who au­thor­i­ties say should be con­sid­ered armed and dan­ger­ous.

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