AUSTIN, Texas - A woman is dead, and a man is in the hospital after a shooting in northeast Austin Monday night. Police are now looking for the shooter, one of eight to ten men they believe were drinking at the victim’s apartment complex.
The shooting happened in the back parking lot of the Canyon Trails Apartment Homes. a complex on Grand Canyon Drive near Westheimer Drive.
“There is typically a group of 8-10 Hispanic males that frequent this area of the parking lot. They’re usually there just partying, hanging out,” explained Austin Police Sgt. Eric De Los Santos.
On Monday night just before 11 p.m., 38-year-old Elvi Cervantes-De La Torre and her friend pulled into the lot, parking next to the group. Police say Cervantes-De La Torre lives at the complex but are not sure about her friend. Cervantes-De La Torre got into some sort of fight with two of the men partying and one of them shot her and her friend.
“This person, whoever it was -- Hispanic male -- fired multiple rounds at both individuals,” said De Los Santos.
Cervantes-De La Torre’s friend was taken to the hospital. He is in stable condition. Cervantes-De La Torre was pronounced dead in the parking lot. She had just moved to Austin from South Texas.
“She is recently widowed. And so she's had, she had quite a, you know, stroke of bad luck there prior to coming here to Austin,” said De Los Santos.
Police are looking to identify and speak with all eight to ten men. The men split up after the shooting. Some left in a maroon or red pickup truck, others in a black two or four-door sedan.
They have put out descriptions of the two men involved in the fatal fight. One man is described as Hispanic approximately 5’5”, chunky, with a trimmed beard, in his thirties or forties and was last seen wearing construction gear. The other man is described as Hispanic, is roughly 5’4”, has a mustache and beer belly, in his mid-thirties and was last seen wearing a long-sleeved green shirt, light jeans, and a black baseball cap.
“Stop drinking man. Drinking ain’t good. It’s gonna make you kill somebody.” said Diego Espinosa, who lives at the complex.
Police believe multiple people witnessed the attack, but say they need them to come forward.
“This is primarily a Hispanic community. And there's a lot of people there who may be concerned about their status. We don't care. We're not interested. It makes no difference to us. What we want is justice for Ms. Cervantes-De La Torre,” said De Los Santos.