Teen dies in Kyle shooting, suspect arrested

On the right Andrew Ruben Martinez arrested for the murder of Jacob Lambert (left) in Kyle on Sept. 15 (Courtesy: Kyle police)
On the right Andrew Ruben Martinez arrested for the murder of Jacob Lambert (left) in Kyle on Sept. 15 (Courtesy: Kyle police)

KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — A 19-year-old has died after a shooting in Kyle at around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Kyle police were called to the Waterleaf neighborhood after reports of shots fired. Jacob Lambert was found injured on the 100 block of Myrtle St. Police say Lambert was in the neighborhood visiting a friend’s home.

According to San Marcos/Hays County EMS, Lambert was treated at the scene, but died around 12:02 a.m.

“These two individuals, both the victim and our arrested suspect knew each other. We believe that this incident was a targeted incident, it was not random in nature,” said Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett.

Officers arrived on scene in the 100 block of Myrtle St. on Sept. 14, 2016 and found one adult male victim outside with injuries. (KXAN Photo/Lauren Lanmon)
Officers arrived on scene in the 100 block of Myrtle St. on Sept. 14, 2016 and found one adult male victim outside with injuries. (KXAN Photo/Lauren Lanmon)

“I’m at a loss for words,” said a neighbor who witnessed the shooting. “I saw a car stop right in front of the house and that’s when I heard about five or six gunshots.” She says after she heard the shots they saw Lambert run towards his friend’s home, that’s when they rushed over to help. “She opened the door and said ‘please, please can you help me?’ and so I got on the floor and started doing CPR on him,” the neighbor said.

Police say that with the help of the witnesses, they were able to gain enough information to track down the man they believe shot and killed Lambert.

“We had some witness testimony that provided us very credible information and we shared that with our law enforcement partners. And very quickly, within a matter of minutes a Hays County deputy observed a car matching that description and the occupants description not too many miles away from the scene. He was able to safely stop that vehicle and detain the suspects,” said Barnett.

Twenty-year-old Andrew Ruben Martinez was arrested and is facing murder charges for Lambert’s death. Police say three other occupants were in the car with Martinez, they were also questioned, but later released. Additional charges could be filed for the three others after the investigation is complete.

Police are still investigating what lead up to the shooting, but believe a previous argument between the two could be to blame. Police say they are also looking into the theory that the incident was drug-related.

“We are following leads and interviewing witnesses,” said Barnett. “This appears to be an isolated incident. We do not believe there is any threat to the community at large.”

Martinez was booked into the Hays County Jail. Anyone with information is asked to call 512-268-3232.

Jacob Lambert (Photo via Jacob's friend)
Jacob Lambert (Photo via Jacob’s friend)

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