Neighbor recalls finding home invasion victim bleeding outside door

Derrick Valdez offered first aid to shooting victim

At a time when most of his neighbors were asleep, Derrick Valdez found himself playing the role of a middle-of-the-night lifesaver, helping a man who had been shot.

SAN ANTONIO – At a time when most of his neighbors were asleep, Derrick Valdez found himself playing the role of a middle-of-the-night lifesaver, helping a man who had been shot.

Valdez was inside his own apartment, located in the 100 block of Exeter Place Drive, when he heard a gunshot around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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He says the next thing he knew, a neighbor showed up at his door, bleeding.

“He comes banging on my door,” Valdez said. “I open it and he comes, like, gushing out blood and had a really big wound.”

According to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, the wounded man and his girlfriend were victims of a home invasion.

They told deputies three men wearing masks had kicked in the door to their apartment, tied them up and ransacked the home.

At some point, one of the intruders also shot the man, wounding him in his arms.

“It was pretty loud and I’m pretty sure it woke up some other neighbors,” said Valdez. “My sister called 911. That’s when I went to find the closest cloth so I could help him at least stop the bleeding.”

Hours later, a trail of blood was still visible along the walkway leading from the victim’s door.

The wounded man was rushed to a hospital by ambulance and is expected to be OK.

The whole incident has left Valdez feeling a bit shaken up, and hoping that sheriff’s deputies make some arrests soon.


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Katrina Webber joined KSAT 12 in December 2009. She reports for Good Morning San Antonio. Katrina 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. It's not unusual to find her singing karaoke or leading a song with her church choir when she's not on-air.

Azian Bermea is a photojournalist at KSAT.