Double-shooting was gang related, police say; man in custody

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A teenager has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after a shooting at a Northeast Austin apartment complex Tuesday night.

The first detective to arrive at the Las Colinas Apartments, 1501 Reagan Hill Drive, quickly learned a large fight had occurred involving suspected Sureños gang members, according to an arrest affidavit.

Javier Jaimez-Perez, 18, was charged with shooting Francisco Ventura and Carlos Calel, both 17.

Ventura had at least two gunshot wounds to his torso and another injury to his neck, police said, and Calel had been shot at least once in his left thigh and had suffered several injures to his torso. His torso injuries were believed to be gunshot or knife wounds. The two were taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge.

Jaimez-Perez and another man were later dropped of at St. David’s Hospital with serious injuries. Jaimez-Perez was later taken to Brackenridge to receive treatment for cuts on his left elbow and the back of his head, police said.

A witness at the scene told police he saw Jaimez-Perez stuff a pistol into his pants before getting into a car and driving away.

Jaimez-Perez told detectives at the hospital he had gotten into a fight earlier in the day on East Riverside Drive. He then changed the location of the fight at least three times before saying it took place at Burton Drive and Woodland Avenue in Southeast Austin, the document said. He denied being involved in a fight at the Las Colinas Apartments.

Inside a unit at the complex police found bullet casings, a machete and blood.

Bond was set at $150,000.

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