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East Side shootout may be tied to three other cases, police say

Man, 29, wounded near Hays, North New Braunfels Avenue

SAN ANTONIO – An early morning shootout that left a 29-year-old man wounded may be tied to three recent shootings on the city's East Side, San Antonio police said.

Officers responded around 4 a.m. to the 1500 block of Hays Street after getting numerous calls from people who heard gunshots.

"(It was) within a two-block radius, ranging anywhere from two shots to 12 shots being fired," said Sgt. Patrick Day, of the San Antonio Police Department.

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All along Hays Street, police found evidence of trouble. They used yellow and white markers to map out the crime scene.

"We found shell casings, blood trails, money, cell phones laying on the ground,"  Day said.

It would be some time before police found the person who had shed the blood.

Everyone was gone from the scene when officers arrived, but a man turned up at the San Antonio Military Medical Center seeking help for a gunshot wound, Day said.

Someone drove the victim, Alexander Anderson, 29, to the hospital.

"They dropped him off, but then they tried to leave," Day said. "So the Fort Sam security police were able to detain them until we arrived."

Before investigators could make any real progress on the case, officers were called to another East Side shooting.

Bruno Vallejo, 20, was shot in the leg and wounded by someone in a car.

Vallejo told police that he was standing outside his apartment in the 1500 block of Upland Street waiting for a friend, when someone fired at him.

Police said a relative took Vallejo to SAMMC for treatment.

According to Sgt. Mario Ramirez, it appears the two shootings and two others that happened on the East Side Sunday morning may be connected.

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Ramirez said a blue sedan was spotted leaving the scene in all the cases.

The first shooting Sunday happened on Sunrise Creek. Two men were critically wounded.

A few hours after that, around 7 a.m. Sunday, three men were shot while standing outside Hayes Food Mart.

Police said they are not sure why it appears there's a streak in violence.


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