SAPD arrests man, 18, in connection with fatal shooting at MLK Day celebration

1 killed, 4 wounded in Jan. 17 shooting in the 700 block of Spriggsdale Boulevard

Police arrested Ol Wallace, 18, without incident Tuesday, Officer Ricardo Guzman said.

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police have made an arrest in connection with a shooting that left one man dead and four others wounded during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on the East Side.

Police arrested OL Wallace, 18, without incident Tuesday at an apartment complex on Salado Creek Drive, the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force said.

There is no apparent motive for the shooting, authorities said. Wallace was charged with one count of murder and four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

OL Wallace, 18, was charged with one count of murder and four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, records show. (Bexar County Jail)

Police said Johnnie Mobley Jr., 61, was fatally shot when someone opened fire at about 7 p.m. on Jan. 17 in the 400 block of Spriggsdale Boulevard near Interstate 10 and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Two other men, ages 37 and 57, and two women, ages 43 and 34, were also injured.

Witnesses told police that they saw Wallace arrive at the gathering with his mother and sister in a white SUV, an arrest affidavit states.

One of the victims saw the suspect “walking in a suspicious manner” before the shooting, the affidavit states. She saw a gun under the suspect’s armpit area, and both the victim and her daughter recognized the suspect from previous encounters.

The suspect’s mother and sister drove off in the white SUV when the suspect opened fire into the crowd, authorities said.

Police said around 30 to 60 people were gathered in a parking lot for a “peaceful” celebration of MLK Day when a man walked up, opened fire and ran away.

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