Police: Teen girl's shooting death was accidental

Girl, 16, died from shotgun wound to chest

SAN ANTONIO - Police are calling the death of a 16-year-old girl on the city's West side accidental.

Police were called out to the 400 block of Park Plaza just after 1 p.m. for a shooting. 

They found the victim, identified by family members as Pauline Deitz, 16, in a bedroom of the home with a shotgun wound to her chest.

"Officers arrived and found at the time it looked like it was self-inflicted," said Sergeant Thomas Haymaker, of the San Antonio police department. "Since then we've learned it's probably accidental."

Deitz went to the home -- where her boyfriend lives --, to pick up some clothes for her 10-month-old daughter, according to her mother, Aurora Lopez. 

Two teen boys and a teen girl, who were at the home at the time of the shooting, were taken to police headquarters to give statements. 

A 15-year-old boy, believed to be the brother of Deitz's boyfriend, ran from the home after the shooting, possibly with the gun, but police have not found him. 

They are not calling him a suspect.

Dietz's mother said she told her daughter not to make the trip and instead wanted her to re-enroll at Harlandale High School.

"I was trying to get her back into school, I was going back and forth to court because she was truant and she said she was going to start going to school tomorrow," said Lopez.


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