Double shooting on South Side has neighbors worried

Site of Buffalo Street shooting is blocks away from last week's murder

The site in a South Side neighborhood where two men were found suffering from gunshot wounds is only a few blocks from the scene of a murder last week.

San Antonio police found the two men shortly after 9 p.m. Monday, steps away from their wrecked car at the corner of Buffalo and Brighton streets.

Officers at the scene said it appeared someone in another vehicle shot the victims, possibly at another location.

The two wounded men then continued driving until their car hit a telephone pole.

At that point, police said, both of them got out and ran down the block to get help.

The two were rushed to a hospital for treatment. One of them was in critical condition.

As of 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, police still had not released their names or any other information about them.

The double shooting is the latest episode of violence to hit this neighborhood, located not far from Interstate 35 and Commercial Avenue.

Last Sunday, someone shot and killed Roy Ruiz, 35, a few blocks away in the 1300 block of Keats Street.

Family members said Ruiz was killed after he intervened in someone else's fight.

So far, no arrests have been made in either case, and that has some people in the neighborhood looking over their shoulders.

"When I heard where it happened, more or less what area it was at, it really didn't surprise me," said one man in his 20s, who did not want to reveal his identity. "You just got to watch every step you take. You never know what could happen."

The unidentified resident was out early Tuesday morning, surveying the area and looking for information.

He said he has had his own share of troubles in the neighborhood, including quite a few close calls.

"Bullets. I've been stabbed. I've been shot around here. That's just the way it is, I guess," he said.

He said he hopes, though, that things will change soon, perhaps when and if police make some arrests.

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