SAN ANTONIO – A shooting early Tuesday on the city's East Side that killed two men and left three others wounded may be related to an earlier incident that happened just a few blocks away, according to San Antonio police.
Officers found four of the men inside a car in the 500 block of Larry Street around 12 a.m. Tuesday. A fifth man was found lying on the ground just outside the vehicle.
Police said the man on the ground, who was the driver of the car, and a backseat passenger, died from their wounds. The names of the deceased victims have not been released.
The wounded victims were identified as Chrishawn King, 19; John Nelson, 21; and Gino Reece, 22. Two of them were believed to be seriously injured.
Based on a description of the incident given by San Antonio Police Department spokesman Sgt. Jesse Salame, it appears the five men were ambushed by someone who was hiding in a culvert as they crossed a bridge.
"He came out from that area and shot this vehicle as they were driving by. Multiple shots at that vehicle," Salame said.
Investigators said the shooting did not appear to be random and happened on the heels of another shooting just a few blocks away in the 2000 block of Lamar Street.
"We don't know for sure whether it's tied to the incident over on Lamar, but we have a strong suspicion that it might be," Salame said.
Police said in the Lamar Street shooting, the gunfire hit a home and car, but no people were hurt.
Salame said it appeared there was a gun battle and witnesses told investigators some of the shots came from a white car with five people inside.
The description of the car matched the vehicle that was carrying the five men who were shot, police said.
According to an officer at the scene, police found weapons inside the vehicle where the wounded men were discovered.