Witnesses to fatal East Side shooting 'uncooperative,' police say

1 man killed, 1 wounded in Hays Street shooting

San Antonio homicide investigators are starting from square one when it comes to solving a deadly overnight shooting.

SAN ANTONIO – Homicide investigators are trying to piece together the details of a double shooting in an East Side neighborhood early Tuesday that left one man dead and another wounded.

But police said they're not getting any help from at least two people who may know what happened.

One of them is a 48-year-old man who was shot in the leg. Police found him around 1:00 a.m. He was in a pickup with another man, attempting to leave the scene in the 1500 block of Hays Street.

The other man who was shot was 39 years old. He was found in the street, dead from gunshot wound to the head.

"I heard the gunshots last night, and people were screaming. It was crazy!," said Jesse Ortiz, who lives nearby.

Ortiz said he stayed inside his home, fearful of the commotion he was hearing outside.

Others ran to the scene, including three women who officers had to stop after they went around the crime scene tape, insisting that they needed to know what was happening to their family member.

"This side of town's really bad, but what can you do about it?" Ortiz said. "There's always something going on along this street."

By daylight, the crime scene had given way to a noisy construction zone.  

Road repair crews moved in just a few hours after police left the area. Crews tore up and repaved sections of the street not far from a pool of coagulated blood and a trail of blood droplets.

Had it not been for those telltale signs, it might seem as though nothing had happened there.

When it comes to trailing the killer, it appears that investigators, for now, have hit a deadend.

The pickup where the shooting survivor was found was towed and police planned to search it for evidence.

Police said in addition to questioning that man, they also questioned the driver of the pickup.

But they said neither of them is cooperating with the investigation.


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Katrina Webber joined KSAT 12 in December 2009. She reports for Good Morning San Antonio. Katrina was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas. It's not unusual to find her singing karaoke or leading a song with her church choir when she's not on-air.

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