Arrest made in fatal bus stop shooting

Daniel Jeremy Torres Jr. arrested in connection with death of Jesse Lee Richards

SAN ANTONIO – A 19-year-old man was arrested in connection with the December bus stop shooting death of a 28-year-old military veteran.

Daniel Jeremy Torres Jr. was charged with murder in the death of Jesse Lee Richards.

The victim was found by police with a gunshot wound to the chest around 10 p.m. on Dec. 20 in the 400 block of Porter Street.

"It's our understanding that Mr. Richards had just got off of work and was sitting at a bus stop when he was approached by two males," said San Antonio Police Department spokesman Officer Doug Greene.

Greene said the men got into an altercation with Richards.

The two men who approached Richards were seen walking behind the La Unica restaurant in the 500 block of Porter.

According to an arrest affidavit, two witnesses provided information to police that led them to Torres.

One of the witnesses told police Saturday that Torres walked out of a house near the bus stop and confronted Richards and shot him, the affidavit said. Torres returned to the house and hid the gun, and the suspect told the witness that he "better not say anything or he would kill him, too."

A witness called police Monday and told them that Torres was at his mother's house threatening to kill her, the affidavit said.

Officers went to the home and took Torres to police headquarters, where he was questioned.

Police say he admitted to being at the location, but wouldn't say he shot Richards. Torres also told police that he always carried guns.

Investigators believe the shooting was random and so far a motive is unknown.

Police are still searching for the second person believed to have been with Torres. Anyone with information is asked to call SAPD Homicide Unit at 210-207-7635.

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