Man chased, shot dead at NW side apartment complex

Victim identified as Brett Gorecki, 19

SAN ANTONIO – A 19-year-old man who was found dead Tuesday at a Northwest side apartment complex was chased by his killers before they shot him, San Antonio police said.

The victim was identified by the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office late Tuesday afternoon as Brett Gorecki.

"He was shot once and went down, (then was) shot multiple times again. Three or four suspects supposedly took part in that," San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said.

Officers answered a call about a shooting shortly before 7 a.m. in the 8600 block of Fairhaven Street. They found Gorecki lying in a parking lot near a dumpster at the Sonoma Canyon apartments.

McManus said witnesses told investigators that the killers escaped in a dark four-door car.

Officers began searching for the killers on the ground and from a helicopter.

As patrol cars crowded into the complex, some residents were scrambling to get out and go to work. But Jennifer Spears stayed put, frightened by what she heard moments after her husband left for work.

"I was sitting there eating breakfast and I heard a loud -- one gunshot, followed by a pause and three more gunshots," she said.  "I froze. I didn't come outside for several minutes until I saw the cop lights flashing."

Spears did her best to stay out of harm's way. Some of her neighbors unsuspectingly might have been in the line of fire. The shooting happened at an hour when schoolchildren usually gather near the apartment complex's gate to catch their school buses.

"I was just talking to some neighbors, some folks that live here and their concern was that their kids go to school here at this time of the morning," McManus said. "So that could have been a very dangerous situation."

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