East Side shooting latest in 30-day string of violence in San Antonio

Man found dead near I-35 latest victim in violent month


SAN ANTONIO - The apparent shooting death of a man found along Interstate 35 near AT&T Center Parkway may be the latest murder in an already violent 30 days in the city.


San Antonio police said a couple driving by shortly before 3:30 a.m. Thursday found the dead man lying in the turnaround area that leads to the southbound I-35 access road.

Police said the victim, who was in his 20s, was face-down in a pool of blood and appeared to have a gunshot wound to his head.

Homicide detectives later also discovered a trail of blood nearby which they believed was connected to the original crime scene.

They did not release the name of the dead man immediately.

His apparent murder, though, may be the latest in a recent string of deadly violence that includes close to half-dozen other cases.

On Monday, a maintenance worker found a 53-year-old woman dead inside her apartment in the 4900 block of Woodstone Drive.

Although police did not release the exact cause of her death right away, they declared it a homicide.

Officers also were called to an apartment on Gevers Street July 4 where a 19-year-old pregnant woman had been shot dead after answering the door.

Police said her boyfriend and toddler were inside the home when it happened.

Ernest Rodriguez, 37, was also shot and killed inside his home in the early morning hours of June 25.

Early on in the investigation, detectives said witnesses told them three men showed up at the home in the 6000 block of Royal Valley Street and opened fire, killing him.

Rodriguez’s murder came on the heels of an arrest in an earlier homicide case.

The body of Jesse James Perez, 29, was found in a field on Tyson Street June 19.

Investigators later determined he had been strangled and beaten in the head with a set of vise grips.

They arrested Raymond Ortiz, 40, in connection with his murder a few days later.

At least two other deaths -- two women, ages 59 and 81, found in an apartment on Westward Drive June 20 -- remain under investigation.

Even with the recent violent streak, police say the homicide rate so far this year is actually down compared to last year.

SAPD spokeswoman Sandra Gutierrez said there have been 34 murders in the city since January, compared to 53 during the same time period in 2012.

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