Victim ID’d; suspect arrested, charged in deadly shooting at East Side apartment

Suspect identified as Philip Esquivel

A man who was shot and killed at an East side apartment early Monday allegedly had showed up at the home uninvited.
A man who was shot and killed at an East side apartment early Monday allegedly had showed up at the home uninvited.

SAN ANTONIOUPDATE: The medical examiner’s office identified the East Side shooting victim as 32-year-old Manuel Santibanez.


San Antonio police released new information Monday afternoon following a deadly shooting at an East Side apartment hours earlier.

According to a preliminary report, the 32-year-old victim arrived at the apartment complex just before 3 a.m. in the 2700 block of East Commerce Street.

The man knocked on the door and was allowed inside by a woman, police said.

The victim asked the woman if there was anyone else inside the apartment and she pointed at the suspect, identified as 23-year-old Philip Esquivel, who was standing by the bathroom, the report said.

The woman told police Esquivel opened fire and shot the victim. Esquivel then fled from the apartment, police said.

Paramedics responded and pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

According to the report, Esquivel called police and admitted to shooting the man. Police arrested Esquivel without incident on Hammond Avenue, a few miles away.

Esquivel has been charged with murder. Police said the investigation is ongoing.


Earlier Monday, police had not yet provided a motive for the shooting.

They said neither men lived in the apartment where the shooting happened. The report said Esquivel was visiting the woman at her home.

A woman who declined to be identified told KSAT 12 News that her daughter lives in that apartment and had witnessed it all.

She described the man who was killed as her daughter’s ex-boyfriend.

“My daughter was in the process of her and the victim leaving each other. They had been on-and-off for maybe about five or six years already,” she said. “I hate that this happened the way it did.”

The woman said the violence broke out soon after her daughter had returned home with a friend from a night out.

She said the ex arrived at the apartment unexpectedly.

“The only thing is that we don’t know how he got in,” the woman told KSAT’s Katrina Webber earlier in the morning. “We don’t know if she let him in (saying), ‘Hey, I’m here with somebody. You’ve got to go.’ And then things escalated from there.”

Detectives would neither confirm nor deny the woman’s account.

The victim’s name had not been released as of Monday afternoon.

About the Authors:

Katrina Webber was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas.

Tim has been a photojournalist and video editor at KSAT since 1998. He came to San Antonio from Lubbock, where he worked in TV and earned his bachelor's degree in Electronic Media and Communication from Texas Tech University. Tim has won a handful of awards and has earned a master's in Strategic Communication and Innovation from Tech as well.