San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said he’s “cautiously confident” detectives will make a quick arrest in the slaying of a South side convenience store clerk.
The victim, whom McManus described as “a senior citizen," was found dead on the floor behind the counter of Stanley’s Ice Station in the 2500 block of W. Southcross Boulevard Monday morning.
McManus estimated he was killed at some time between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m.
However, he was careful to release few details, saying he did not want to jeopardize the investigation.
"Force was used but I'm not going to say exactly what that was right now because it's not determined,” McManus said. “It's going to be left to the medical examiner."
In the middle of the investigation, several relatives who were visibly upset, arrived at the scene.
Police had to detain at least two of them after they tried to enter the business. One man was placed into handcuffs.
Early on, the police chief walked around, talking to neighbors who had gathered nearby in an attempt to calm their fears.
While police did not release the victim’s name right away, regular customers of the store, like Ernesto Vera, suspected they knew who the dead man was.
"That's crazy! The old man, he never did anything to anybody,” Vera said. "He would let people slide, like if you didn't have enough for a Gatorade, a pack of cigarettes or some chips."
Other neighbors echoed Vera’s sentiment, saying the man who worked in the store was kind and generous to his customers.
For some neighbors, there was more of a reason to be concerned about this murder than usual.
The corner convenience store where it happened sits on a strip of W. Southcross Boulevard that is located between Living Days Adult Day Care Center and Dwight Middle School.
"I have a little sister, knowing that this happened here, I hope it don't happen anywhere closer,” Vera said.
Police said they did not, at any point, call for a lockdown of the middle school, which is located one block away from the crime scene.
However, workers at the adult day care were quick to usher in their clients, who were stunned to see so many police officers.
"We're trying not to worry them,” said Rose Ann Herrera, who works at the center, “but they're all looking out the door, wondering what's going on."
If all goes as planned, though, McManus said the neighbors’ fears could be put to rest soon.
"I am cautiously confident that we will close this case. Our detectives are all over this,” McManus said.