Residents concerned for their safety after multiple shootings at East Side apartment complex

Shootings remain unsolved

SAN ANTONIO – Some residents at an East Side apartment complex say they want out after two unsolved shootings in their neighborhood.

the residents at the Artisan at Salado Creek apartments say shootings and crime inside their complex seem to be rising.

On Sunday, around 10:15 p.m., people inside two dark-colored cars started shooting at each other. A woman and her kids were leaving at the time, and her 3-year-old son was hit in the leg by a stray bullet. No arrests have been made in this case, and the investigation is ongoing.

“Every other week, they’re shooting out here. It’s very scary. I was in there crawling, trying to make sure my kids were alright,” said Glenn O’Neal, a resident of the complex.

Thomas Ciru, also a resident, said, “When I heard the gunshots, I immediately went to my mom to make sure she was OK. Then, we all took cover for maybe about five minutes or so, basically like the first time it happened as well.”

O’Neal and Ciru say having to take cover in their own home is becoming the norm.

In August, there was a shooting at the same complex in which two people were hit, at least six cars were damaged, and over 70 bullet casings were found by investigators, according to police.

SAPD has not confirmed if the two shootings are connected. At last check, no arrests have been made in the August shooting.

The residents say they want more security measures at the complex —added security or closing the entrance gates, which they say stay open all day and night.

Regardless of what happens, O’Neal and Ciru say they want to move out.

“I just pray, man, that we can move,” said O’Neal.

“Just came to the conclusion it’s better to just move out of here,” said Ciru.

About the Authors:

John Paul Barajas is a reporter at KSAT 12. Previously, he worked at KRGV 5 in the Rio Grande Valley. He has a degree from the University of Houston. In his free time, he likes to get a workout in, spend time on the water and check out good eats and drinks.

Adam Barraza is a photojournalist at KSAT 12 and an El Paso native. He interned at KVIA, the local ABC affiliate, while still in high school. He then moved to San Antonio and, after earning a degree from San Antonio College and the University of the Incarnate Word, started working in news. He’s also a diehard Dodgers fan and an avid sneakerhead.