Suspect in NE Side drive-by shooting promotes modeling, music career after turning himself in

Tyrend White, 25, walks into police headquarters after seeing his picture on TV

By David Ibanez - Web - Managing Editor, Deven Clarke - News Reporter, Julie Moreno - Executive Producer/Social Media, Katrina Webber - Crime Fighters Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - The suspect in the drive-by-shooting murder of a 34-year-old woman turned himself in Friday morning. 

A spokesperson for the San Antonio Police Department said Tyrend White, 25, walked into the police station after seeing his face on the television stories about the murder.

"When he got here and was to be interviewed by the detectives, he decided right away that he was going to seek legal counsel and he did not say much to any detective here," said Officer Carlos Oritz, a public information officer for SAPD.

He did speak to reporters as police walked him from police headquarters to a patrol car to be taken to the magistrate's office. However, he did not talk about the crime itself. 

"Y'all have a blessed day, though, definitely," White said. He then told reporters that he modeled and did music and told them to "see me on YouTube."

"This is God's will. I'm gonna let God handle the rest of it," White said.

Authorities believe White was the shooter. They said they're still looking for the driver of the silver and purple four-door car involved in the shooting that killed Janice Crawford.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said that car drove by Crawford's home in the 4000 block of Coral Sunrise and someone inside opened fire.

Crawford was in a bedroom when she was shot in the stomach, McManus said. She ran outside to the front yard, collapsed and died.

Two boys, who were sitting in the driveway and who McManus said are believed to have been the target of the shooting, ran away, but they were captured and are in custody.

"This was not a random event," McManus said, but he didn't know of the motive.

Crawford was the mother of one of the boys, McManus said.

Another woman who was in the home, who wasn't hurt, is believed to be the girlfriend of one of the boys.

An arrest warrant affidavit refers to the three people as witnesses and says they all identified White in a photo lineup.

It says the person inside the home with Crawford also recognized the car involved from riding in it in the past.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 210-224-7867.

What witnesses are saying: 

“We just started hearing shooting, going off real bad, about seven, eight, nine shots. It was like pop, pop, pop. It kept on going," said Cheryl Hudson, a neighbor who rushed to help. “(The dispatcher) told me to apply pressure to the wound so it could stop her from bleeding, and then, all of a sudden, when I did that, the ambulance finally came.”

“(The victim) was very sweet and respectful. I don’t have nothing bad to say about the lady," said Terry Jackson, a neighbor who heard the shots. 

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