AUSTIN (KXAN) — Six different charges were filed after a Sunday morning incident which left five cars burglarized and bullet holes in two homes.
Marcus Adam Weil Jr., 22, is in the Travis County Jail on multiple charges of deadly conduct, theft of a firearm and burglary of a vehicle after Austin police say he broke into several vehicles, stealing a gun from one. They believe he then used that gun to fire several shots into two different homes.
A Labrador dog was also shot twice and had to be put down because their owner could not afford to pay for the veterinary bills which totaled several thousand dollars. Court documents say Weil admitted to shooting the dog after it attacked him.
Police received a “prowler call” in the 5700 block of Zachary Scott Street in South Austin around 3 a.m. Sunday. The caller said the man later identified as Weil was going down the street knocking on windows and trying to open doors. Court documents say a responding officer heard five or six gunshots after responding.
When officers spotted Weil, they say he tried to hide before eventually giving himself up with his hands in the air and warning officers he had a gun.
Hours later, five different reports of car burglaries on Zachary Scott Street were filed with APD. One of the reports said a 9 mm Luger was stolen out of the glove compartment along with ammo magazines.
Four bullet holes could be seen in the garage door of one home while the neighboring house has three bullet holes through a window and two more in the garage.
Weil has a registered address two blocks from where the reported burglaries and shots fired occurred.
Police say there is no law against leaving a firearm in your vehicle, however, they recommend keeping it stowed away, secure, and out of plain sight. The gun’s owner said it was locked in his glove compartment.