Thursday, February 26, 2009

Information please! (2)

Anyone with any information please call 830-608-2197

Police investigate early-morning shooting
- Herald-Zeitung

When Erica Saenz was startled early Wednesday morning by a rapid-fire blast, the last thing she expected was gunfire in her New Braunfels neighborhood.

That is, until she woke later that morning and found four bullet holes in the side of the manufactured home where she lives with her five children.

The New Braunfels Police Department said more than nine spent bullet casings were found Wednesday morning near the intersection of South Castell Avenue and West Merriweather Street.

Police responded to the 1100 block of South Castell around 3 a.m. Wednesday for a call of shots fired, police spokesman Lt. Michael Penshorn said.

He said the scene was dark and that police found no evidence.

“When they were called out the next morning, they found several empty bullet cases,” Penshorn said. “The bullets had struck residences and some vehicles in the area.”

He said the bullets came from a small-caliber gun, but he said he did not know the make of the gun or if it was automatic or semi-automatic.

“I heard about nine shots fire off real fast,” Saenz said. “At the time, I didn’t know they were bullets. It was real quiet outside just before it happened.”

Saenz said she had lived in the manufactured home for about two months and that the shots had left her scared.

“I definitely don’t feel safe here now,” she said. “I just never would have imagined this would happen in New Braunfels. I was in complete shock when I saw those bullet holes.”

Just minutes before the incident, she said, she was on the patio of the house.

“I could have still been outside when that happened,” she said. “It’s just really scary. I live here with my five kids. Who knows what could have happened if the bullets could have hit just an inch over.”

Penshorn said it could have been a drive-by shooting but that police still are investigating the case. No suspects have been identified, he said.

Police encourage anyone with information to call (830) 608-2179.