SAN ANTONIO – Two young girls, ages 10 and 14, were wounded an an apparent drive-by shooting on the city's East Side early Thursday morning, San Antonio police said.
The shooting was called in around 4:15 a.m. at a home in the 2100 block of Hays Street, not far from North Walters Street and the AT&T Center.
"I heard a lot of shooting. I heard it real close, like right here in the front," Isabel Soto, the victims' grandmother, said. "I got up, ran to the living room but it was already too late because they were already shot."
According to police, neighbors recounted hearing as many as 17 gunshots fired at the house, which had five people inside.
"They were on the couch in the front room, that's the room that was hit. One was hit in the leg, the other in the hand. They are in pain," Sgt. Patrick Day, of the San Antonio Police Department, said.
Day said the older girl's wound is considered to be more serious. Both were taken to University Hospital for their injuries.
Chief McManus briefing media on double shooting on the 2100 block of Hays Street.Posted by San Antonio Police Department on Thursday, April 4, 2019
"It's unconscionable that somebody would do something so senseless and so reckless and put so many people in danger, resulting in the two little girls being hit," Police Chief William McManus said. "We're going after them with all our might."
Authorities said the shell casings found at the scene are from a high-caliber weapon. Police said they are canvassing the area but have no leads as to who the shooter may be.
Officials did say, however, that they do have reason to believe that the shooting could be connected to one that occurred Wednesday at a home on Burleson Street around the same time, this one possibly as retaliation.
Police said their investigation is ongoing.
"Why would they do that to somebody that has nothing against them? That don't even know who they are? They're hurting innocent children," Soto said.