Man killed in shooting under South Side highway ID’d

Officers called just after 11 p.m. to area near Interstate 35, SW Military Drive

1 man killed, 1 wounded in shooting under South Side highway
1 man killed, 1 wounded in shooting under South Side highway

SAN ANTONIOUPDATE 7/6/21: One of the two shooting victims found underneath a South Side overpass on June 24 has been identified as 27-year-old Manuel Anton Velasquez Mendez.

Mendez died at the scene underneath I-35 near Southwest Military. The other victim, a man in his 20s, was taken to the hospital in critical condition. At last check, police are still looking for the shooter.

(Original Story)

San Antonio police are searching for the person who shot two men in their 20s, killing one of them, beneath the overpass of a South Side highway.

The survivor of that shooting told officers that the person who pulled the trigger around 11 p.m. Wednesday was in a white Jeep SUV.

He said he and the other victim were walking beneath the Interstate 35 overpass near SW Military when that vehicle pulled up, a man got out and began fighting with them.

The victim said the man then shot both of them.

Police found one victim dead when they arrived.

The second victim was in critical condition as he was rushed to a hospital.

Police say the two victims were walking under the Interstate 35 bridge at SW Military when they were shot. (KSAT 12 News)

Officers did not find the shooter right away.

They say a stray bullet went through the window of a nearby Denny’s restaurant.

The bullet hole was still visible Thursday morning.

Although a sign says the business is open 24 hours, it was closed for a time overnight.

It is unclear whether anyone was inside at the time of the shooting but no injuries there were reported.


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.