Neighbor shot protecting West Side home after vehicle crash, police say

Victim suffered a gunshot wound to thigh

By Katrina Webber - Crime Fighters Reporter, Ben Spicer - Web Producer

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio police are looking for three people who were behind a destructive crash and shooting on the city's West Side overnight.

Officers responded to the 2600 block of Saunders Avenue around 2 a.m. and found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to his thigh.  

The injured man was outside a home, surrounded by obvious destruction that police say was caused by a car.

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Police told KSAT 12 that a car carrying three people had gone out of control and hit two parked cars, broke through a fence and landed on the porch of the home.

They said the driver and two passengers then jumped out of the car and were about to run away.

A neighbor, however, came along and held onto the driver, police said.

Catherine Eldred, who lives at the home with her mother and grandmother, heard the commotion and looked outside. She said she saw the man, who police identified as a neighbor, holding the driver at knifepoint.

"I just went inside because I did not want to witness what was going to happen after that," she said. "And once we went inside, about two minutes later, after he drew the knife, we heard a gunshot.

Police say one of the passengers from the car drew a gun and ordered the neighbor to let the driver go, then shot him in the thigh.

The neighbor was in serious condition when he was taken to a hospital by ambulance, police said.

The three people in the car all ran away.

Officers, using a helicopter and canine officer, searched the area but came up empty-handed.

The car did hit the home, leaving an indentation in the siding, but no one inside was hurt.

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