Fatal shooting renews concerns about crime in south side neig­hborhood

Man fatally shot outside motel once ordered closed by the city

SAN ANTONIO - A fatal shooting outside a motel once ordered closed by the city because of crime activity has renewed concerns about a troubled stretch of Roosevelt Avenue.

Javier Garcia, who has lived in the area for 10 years, said he woke up to the sound of several gunshots early Sunday morning, a sound he said he’s become all too familiar with.

“There’s a lot issues that haven’t been taken care of here, but what can we do?” said Garcia.

According to police reports, officers found a man shot several times in the back of the head outside the Royal Inn Motel in the 1500 block of Roosevelt. The motel is one of three hotels the city filed a lawsuit against, declaring the properties nuisances and ordering them closed for a period of time.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said the hotels have complied with the conditions placed on them by the city and are now back in business. He said both uniformed and plainclothes officers continue to monitor the area closely.

“Vice has been heavily at work in the area. There have been well over 300 enforcement actions taken, in and around that area,” McManus said.

But Carlos Reyes, who has lived in the neighborhood for 12 years, said criminal activity seems to be on the rise.

“It’s gotten worse, “ said Reyes. “There’s prostitutes out there. Drug addicts.”

According to police records, there have been nearly 60 calls for service to the 1500 block of Roosevelt since the beginning of the year. The calls include offenses like rape, lewd behavior, assault, and drug activity.

McManus said his department will continue to monitor and police the area, and hopes to reduce the number of calls for service.


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