Search for suspects following northeast Austin fatal shooting

The Austin Police Department is searching for two suspects following a fatal shooting in northeast Austin on Monday night. 39-year-old Elvi Vanessa Cervantes – De La Torre was killed in a parking lot off of Grand Canyon Drive. 

According to police, officers were dispatched to a parking lot in the 7000 block of Grand Canyon Drive for reports of a shooting around 11 p.m. on Monday, February 17. When officers arrived at the scene, they found Elvi Vanessa Cervantes – De La Torre and a male companion with gunshot wounds.

Elvi Vanessa Cervantes-De La Torre was pronounced deceased on scene.

Her companion was transported to an area hospital where he remains in stable condition.

During the course of their investigation, APD homicide detectives learned that there was a group of eight to ten Hispanic males drinking in the parking lot when an altercation occurred between two of the men and Elvi Cervantes-De La Torre. Following the shooting, the men split in to two groups.

The first set got in to a maroon/reddish pick-up truck and the other into a black sedan-style vehicle. The vehicles left the scene together.

The description for the first suspect is 

  • Hispanic male
  • Approximately 5’5”
  • Estimated to be in his late-30s/early-40s
  • Chunky build
  • Trimmed beard
  • Last seen wearing a yellow construction vest, grey baseball cap, white and orange-striped shirt

The description for the second suspect is 

  • Hispanic male
  • Approximately 5’4”
  • Estimated to be in his mid-30s
  • Mustache
  • Beer belly
  • Last seen wearing a long-sleeve green shirt, light-colored jeans, and a black baseball cap


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Detectives are asking anyone with video or information about this incident to call the homicide tip line at 512-974-8477 (512-974-TIPS) or use the new Crime Stoppers App or email APD Homicide at You may remain anonymous.

You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, free on iPhone and Android