PFLUGERVILLE (KXAN) — Pflugerville authorities are investigating the city’s first true homicide in more than 15 years.
On Wednesday morning, police received a shots fired call from the 1825 Place Apartments located at 15835 Foothill Farms Loop around 5 a.m. When officers arrived, a person informed them there was a gunshot victim in the parking lot. Emergency crews transported the person to St. David’s Hospital in Round Rock where he was declared dead at 6:56 a.m.
The victim is described by Pflugerville police as a Hispanic male in his early 20s. Authorities are working to identify him.
Any information about a suspect has not been released but police said this is an isolated incident and there is no immediate threat to the public.
“Please come forward,” said PPD Chief Jessica Robledo. “Please work with the PfPD so we can find out what happened. I know that folks called in on shots fired, I know that there’s times that people look out the window after they hear the shot. You saw something. A vehicle description, you saw someone running. Work with us.”
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While Pflugerville has seen shootings and murder-suicides in recent years, the city reports that this is the first true homicide in more than 15 years. Robledo indicated that crimes of this nature will become increasingly common with Pflugerville’s growing population.
“I wouldn’t consider it disappointing,” she said of the homicide. “Pflugerville is fast becoming one of the largest cities in Travis County and that has been identified, so it’s just a matter of time for that type of element to approach our city.”
Alex Vasquez has lived in the complex where the victim was found for over two years, he awoke Wednesday to learn that the investigation was underway right next door to his apartment.
“Well actually it makes me feel skeptical about going outside now or anything late night, because obviously they can’t figure out who i[the suspect] is obviously, he or she is still somewhere out and about cooped up somewhere,” Vasquez said. He added that he loved living in Pflugerville and that this type of crime seems abnormal to him.
“I hope they find out who [the suspect] is and I hope they get justice for this person because no one deserves to die or be laid our like that, I dunno it’s real scary,” Vasquez said.