West Side shootout ends with 1 wounded, 2 in custody

13-year-old among suspects arrested; John Gomez, 22, hospitalized with chest wound


A 13-year-old boy and 20-year-old man have been arrested in connection with a shootout in the West Side neighborhood that sent another man to the hospital.

The victim, identified by relatives as John Gomez, 22, suffered a gunshot wound to his chest and was taken to University Hospital for treatment. As of noon, his condition was not known.

Gomez was outside his family's home in the 300 block of Southlawn Avenue when he was shot shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to Sandra Gutierrez, a spokeswoman for the San Antonio Police Department.

Gutierrez said investigators found a gun and other evidence at the scene, showing that Gomez also fired back.

A short time later, police found two people in the 300 block of Huerta Street who matched the description of the shooters, as well as the weapon that they believe was used in the shooting.

"One was a 20-year-old. The other is a 13-year-old juvenile," said Gutierrez. "It looks as though these individuals all know each other, and that this may have stemmed from an earlier confrontation."

Earlier in the day, Gutierrez said, police had been called to the same home for another shooting.

She said someone had fired shots at the home around 5:45 a.m., striking a window.

Among those who were sleeping inside at the time, according to relatives, were an infant and 5-year-old.

No one was hurt in the earlier shooting.

Police are still investigating whether the two incidents are related, Gutierrez said.

A relative said because of the earlier shooting, Gomez was in the process of installing surveillance cameras outside the home when he was shot.

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