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Police searching for burglar who fired shots at car owners on Northwest Side

No one injured, but neighbors left shaken

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police are looking for a car burglar who fired shots at a couple of vehicle owners who confronted him at a Northwest Side apartment complex.

The close call for the couple happened before 6:30 a.m. Monday in the parking lot in the 4900 block of Woodstone.

Police say the man and woman approached a man who was breaking into their vehicle.

He then fired shots at them twice.

Officers later found shell casings on the ground, but were not able to locate any people or property that had been hit by the gunfire.

Police searched a nearby apartment complex where they believed the shooter might be hiding.
Police searched a nearby apartment complex where they believed the shooter might be hiding. (KSAT 12 News)

The gunman was last seen running into a different apartment complex across the street.

Police brought out a canine unit and a helicopter to search the area.

Diego Gomez drove by around that time and approached the officers with a problem of his own.

“I just seen my car. It had a broken window. My car handle was broken too. I saw a rock on the floor,” he said. “I opened my trunk. They took my clothes and some pair of shoes.”

Someone also had broken into his car outside his home just down the street.

Gomez discovered it on his way to work.

A burglar shattered the window of Diego Gomez's car. Police are trying to determine if the cases are connected.
A burglar shattered the window of Diego Gomez's car. Police are trying to determine if the cases are connected. (KSAT 12 News)

Police were not able to say right away whether his car break-in might be related to the one that ended with the shooting.

However, crime scene investigators collected evidence from his car, including fingerprints.

After hearing what happened to the other victims, he says he is glad the person who broke into his car was long gone when he found it.

“I just found out there was a shooting, you know? This is crazy,” Gomez said.

Other neighbors told KSAT 12 News they heard, and in some cases, woke up to the gunshots.

They all declined to appear on camera, saying they feared for their safety.

Several of them say they heard the gunman promising to come back after police had left the scene.


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