SAN ANTONIO – UPDATE 10/4/22 8:50 p.m.: The medical examiner’s office identified the woman late Tuesday night as 25-year-old Novita Brazil.
The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office says two teenagers younger than 16 are in custody after they allegedly targeted the wrong house, shooting and killing a woman and injuring another in a drive-by shooting in far West Bexar County early Tuesday morning.
Deputies were called around 12:30 a.m. to the 11400 block of Bald Mountain Drive, not far from Marbach Road and Loop 1604 after receiving word of shots fired.
According to BCSO, deputies arrived to find two women inside a home that had been hit by gunfire sprayed from the outside. They noticed a white, four-door car speeding away from the area. Some deputies began chasing the car, while others went to the home where the shots were fired, according to BCSO.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said a 25-year-old woman was killed inside the home. The woman was working on her computer when she was hit by the gunfire, Salazar said. The other woman injured was an Air BnB tenant and was wounded in the leg. She was taken by EMS to an area hospital.
Investigators found more than 100 shell casings in the street near the home. Salazar said it appears the victims were not the intended targets. The sheriff said someone from a nearby home shot back, and they may in fact have been the intended target. He also said it’s also possible a third suspect was involved.
Deputies pursued the suspects’ car with the help of the EAGLE helicopter and were able to stop the vehicle a short time later somewhere near Highway 151 and Acme Road. Two teenagers were taken into custody — ages 14 and 15. Their names have not been released.
Salazar said the teens are not showing any remorse so far.
“It’s so easy for criminals to get ahold of guns these days,” Salazar said.
He said he would suspect the guns were stolen and probably stolen from someone’s car — a crime that is way too common, he said.
The BCSO said deputies are still looking for the guns involved. They are now warning people who may find them not to touch them. They’re also especially concerned about kids finding them because the area is near two schools, BCSO said.
No schools are presently under any lockdowns.
Jennifer Collier, Chief Communications Officer with Southwest ISD, provided the following statement to KSAT on Tuesday:
“We are aware of police activity near Big Country Elementary School and Scobee Middle School. The incident in question happened around midnight, we are in communication with law enforcement, and all suspects are in custody. There is no danger to our students. Investigators will be in the area, collecting evidence for a couple of more hours, your students are safe, and school business will continue as usual. Our SWISD PD is also on the scene as an extra precaution.”