SAN ANTONIO – A woman in her 20s was shot in the face in the parking lot of the Whole Foods at the Alamo Quarry Market on the North Side during an attempted carjacking, San Antonio police said Tuesday night.
The woman had just left the store and was getting into her car when a man approached her and demanded her vehicle. When she refused, he shot her in the face around 8:45 p.m., police said.
The suspected shooter ran away and was caught by police, who arrived minutes later, at the nearby movie theater. Police said he still had the gun in his possession.
On Wednesday, police identified the suspect as 18-year-old Julio Caesar Rivera II. He is charged with aggravated robbery.
Witness Kimberly Chiscano told KSAT in an interview on-scene that she was checking out at the grocery store when the woman ran into the store bloodied, screaming and crying for help.
She said the woman was in the store getting a sandwich before the shooting, exited the store and was shot at her parked car right in front of the store.
“She was on the ground. (The staff) was just taking care of her. They put a rag on her head,” Chiscano said about the victim.
San Antonio police say the woman is alive and was taken to University Hospital. She is listed in stable condition.
Chiscano said the victim was in serious pain but was also coherent.
The witness said she frequents the area because she lives in nearby Olmos Park and will be more vigilant when she returns to the shopping center.
“You just don’t expect someone to be right outside the front door, shooting someone as they’re getting in their car,” she said.
She said she’s worried about a spike in crime since the coronavirus pandemic.
“You can’t even go to the local grocery store without, you know, someone shooting you in the head,” Chiscano said, “It’s really sad.”
Police appear to have someone in custody gathering more information … waiting on an official pic.twitter.com/vxHK8PGrYW— @KSATPattySantos (@ksatpattysantos) November 3, 2021
Paramedics are checking out person in custody. pic.twitter.com/o5Zhl5tzUm— @KSATPattySantos (@ksatpattysantos) November 3, 2021
Shooting at the Quarry Market. I'm told by a witness that one woman was shot in the head, stumbled into the Whole Foods. May have been shot in the parking lot. Suspect took off running, no word on if he's been caught. Latest on https://t.co/FvlBQWe3Yh and Nightbeat. #KSATnews— Steve Spriester (@stevespriester) November 3, 2021