Five people were shot when an argument at a house party in San Antonio on Saturday escalated into violence.
Reports of gunfire at a residence located in the 300 block of Roslyn Avenue were made to the San Antonio Police Department on October 28, with officers arriving at the scene shortly before 10 p.m. A 40-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman were found shot dead, and three more individuals were discovered wounded. These three people were taken to a nearby hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
SAPD arrested Raul Trevino III — one of the three individuals hospitalized — on charges of capital murder of multiple people and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on October 30.
Witnesses to the shooting told investigators that on the night of the party, an argument had broken out between the 20-year-old suspect and the 35-year-old female victim, who lived nearby, according to KSAT. The woman apparently left and returned to the disagreement with the 40-year-old male victim and a 13-year-old girl.
Trevino and the deceased male victim were allegedly armed, and what began as a heated exchange in the front yard of the residence peaked in a shootout.
The young teen, who was said to have been the daughter of the two deceased victims, was wounded in the crossfire alongside a relative of Trevino. She was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
SAPD has yet to release the names of all those involved in the incident, and it remains unclear if any additional charges will be pressed.
Trevino is currently being held in Bexar County Jail on a $150,000 bond.
In Dallas, the police have launched a campaign to reduce violent crime, and yet the murder rate continues to soar, as previously covered by The Dallas Express. This year has seen 211 murders and non-negligent homicides to date, marking a nearly 14% increase over 2022, according to the City of Dallas crime analytics dashboard.
The struggle to curb these numbers has been made difficult by the Dallas Police Department’s ongoing officer shortage. Although a City analysis recommended a ratio of three officers for every 1,000 residents, putting an ideal staffing level at roughly 4,000 officers, it maintains a force of fewer than 3,200 sworn personnel.
The effects of this shortfall are most apparent in Downtown Dallas, which logs significantly higher crime rates compared to Fort Worth’s downtown area. The latter is reportedly patrolled by a designated neighborhood police unit working alongside private security guards.