Innocent woman killed when teens target wrong house: Texas cops

A 25-year-old woman was fatally shot in a Texas home, according to the county sheriff’s office.

“She was in her bedroom working on a computer and was shot down and killed almost instantly by more than 100 bullets that were fired into the house of varying calibers,” Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said at a news conference.

Authorities believe the suspected shooters — a 14- and 15-year-old — targeted the wrong San Antonio home in a drive-by shooting early Tuesday, Oct. 4.

“Quite frankly, it shocks the conscience to know what happened here,” Salazar said.

Deputies on patrol in West Bexar County first heard two rounds of gunfire — several minutes apart — around 1 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office.

As they tried to locate the location of the shots, Salazar said he heard calls about a shooting with someone shot in the 11400 block of Bald Mountain Drive.

Around that time, a deputy saw a vehicle speeding away from the area, authorities said. Deputies began running and the San Antonio Police Department Helicopter Unit assisted in tracking the vehicle.

The car was eventually stopped and two teenagers were arrested. The sheriff’s office thinks they were in a stolen car.

“We believe these suspects came to this location and shot the drive-by,” Salazar said. “The problem with that is obviously 14 (and) 15 year olds are doing a drive-by shooting in the middle of the night.

“They got the wrong house,” he continued. “And it looks like a 25-year-old woman lost her life. Completely innocent.

An Airbnb tenant inside the house was also injured, according to KSAT. She was taken to hospital with a leg injury.

Both teenagers showed no remorse at the 8 a.m. press conference, Salazar said.

“It is heartbreaking that a young woman lost her life through no fault of hers,” the sheriff said. “She was just up, burning midnight oil, working on a computer and now she’s dead.”

Most of the bullets hit the house, Salazar said, although someone in a nearby house fired back at the shooters. It has not been confirmed whether the neighboring house was the intended target.

An investigation is ongoing and authorities believe it is “very likely” that the weapons used in the shooting were thrown into the neighborhood and during the car chase. Deputies saw evidence thrown from the car and authorities do not believe there were any weapons in the car when she was arrested.

Authorities are asking anyone who finds a firearm in the area to call the sheriff’s office.

This story was originally published October 4, 2022 11:04 a.m.

Kaitlyn Alanis is a McClatchy national real-time reporter based in Kansas. She is an alumnus of agricultural communication and journalism at Kansas State University.

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