Shooter fired at least 9 times after downtown confrontation

Devon Peeples

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man suspected of shooting two people along the Interstate 35 frontage road near 11th Street on Sunday had a history of issues with the victims, according to an arrest affidavit.

Devon Peeples, 21, told police he was dating the cousin of David Vasquez and Noel Vasquez and that threats had been made by one of the men to him online, the document said.

Peeples said he was with a group in the parking lot of the CVS at I-35 and 12th Street when the Vasquezes showed up in a pair of cars. Peeples then got in his car and followed behind them as they drove down the frontage roads, the warrant said.

The cars were swerving back and forth along the frontage road, Peeples said, before one of the vehicles crashed into him about 2:40 a.m.

Peeples told police he got out of his car with a 9 mm handgun, holding it down by his leg.

After Noel Vasquez approached Peeples and shoved him, Peeples shot Noel Vasquez three times, hitting him once in the hand and twice in the abdomen, the warrant said.

When Noel Vasquez dropped to the ground, David Vasquez charged towards Peeples, court documents showed. Peeples shot David Vasquez six times, hitting him once in the leg and five times in the abs, police said.

Peeples then got into his car and fled the scene. One of the cars, which Noel Vasquez had been put in, chased after him and struck him along 11th Street near Red River Street, the warrant said.

Peeples stopped for help after seeing a police officer, the document said, while the other car continued on to University Medical Center Brackenridge.

Noel Vasquez had to have a kidney removed and also suffered lung damage, according to the affidavit. An update on Noel and David Vasquez’s conditions was not available.

Peeples was charged with aggravated assault and his bond was set at $100,000. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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