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14-Year-Old Boy Killed by Stray Bullet in Westside Shooting


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A 14-year-old boy was killed by a stray bullet Friday night when three men fired approximately 46 rounds in a Westside neighborhood, according to the San Antonio Police Department.

The shooting, which took place minutes away from Our Lady of the Lake University, claimed 14-year-old Angel Gebara's life in his own home. Police identified a second, unrelated injured victim, Benito Gallegos, 59 — he survived and is believed not to be in critical condition.

The father of the boy, Sotero Gebara, told KSAT he and his family were in their apartment kitchen when the gunmen opened fire outside and a bullet came through their window, striking his son in the head.

Police arrested Richard Montez, 32, Andres Martinez, 20, and Juan Martinez, 18, for the shooting, charging them with aggravated assault. Their charges will likely be upgraded by the district attorney’s office, police said.

According to an arrest affidavit, Montez said he saw a man driving by who got out of his car and made a threatening movement towards him, prompting Montez to shoot at the man. Montez fired both a handgun and an AR-15, and told police the other two men were also shooting.

Juan Martinez admitted he had fired a handgun, according to the affidavit.

Andres Martinez also had two guns, but contrarily told police he didn’t fire either of them. Martinez hid the guns in a laundry basket in his mother’s room, where police found them after Martinez told him where the weapons were.

SAPD is still investigating the shooting, but a spokesman for the department told the Current he believed the shooting was “reckless” and not premeditated.

Police and a SWAT team surrounded the suspects’ location before the three suspects surrendered later in the morning.

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