16-year-old killed, two arrested at apartment complex shooting in Balcones Heights, police say

Eric Hernandez, Kevin Clark facing charges

Eric Hernandez and Kevin Clark
Eric Hernandez and Kevin Clark (KSAT)

BALCONES HEIGHTS, Texas – A 16-year-old girl is dead and two suspects have been arrested after a shooting at an apartment complex in Balcones Heights, police said.

Officials said officers were responding to a call in the 4400 block of Fredericksburg Road around 4 a.m. Sunday when they heard gunshots coming from an apartment complex nearby.

When the officers arrived at the complex, they confronted two men who were trying to get away in a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed, police said.

Officers said they blocked the vehicle and detained both of the suspects, identified on Monday as Eric Hernandez, 21, and Kevin Clark, 18.

Officers said they also found the 16-year-old girl, later identified as Miranda Martinez, with a gunshot wound to the head.

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Martinez was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said.

Officials said they found two loaded handguns, marijuana in the suspects’ vehicle and also encountered multiple spent shell casings.

Police said the suspects’ vehicle had four bullet holes. They said they believe the suspects exchange gunfire with another gunman or more people.

It’s still unclear whether the victim was struck by gunfire while inside of the suspects’ vehicle or while standing outside, police said. Officials say no one has been charged with the victim’s death yet, but the investigation is ongoing.

Police say investigators are working to obtain surveillance video from nearby businesses to help them in the case.

Hernandez is charged with unlawful carrying of a firearm and possession of marijuana. Clark is charged with unlawful carrying of a firearm and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The victim was living with family members at the complex, and the shooters were not tenants, according to police.

Anyone with more information about this active investigation is asked to call Balcones Heights police at 210-735-9148.

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Ivan Herrera has worked as a journalist in San Antonio for five years. Before living in SA, Ivan covered border news in the Rio Grande Valley.