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Intended target was gas station customer
A Webb County man may have been the intended victim of an attempted murder by an unidentified motorist at a gas station on the outskirts of Cotulla during the early-morning hours of Thursday, July 29, an incident that remains the focus of an investigation by the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office.
In a brief statement on the case, La Salle Investigator Homar Olivarez said last week that a man who had stopped at the Exxon fuel station on the corner of FM 468 and the IH-35 access road appears to have been targeted by a man firing a handgun from the window of a car.
Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched shortly after 1 a.m. on July 29 to find the man identified as living in the Laredo area reporting that shots had been fired at him outside the store.
The man had escaped the assault without injury, according to the sheriff’s office.
“There were no other customers present at the store at that hour,” Olivarez said of the incident. “Our investigation so far has revealed that the apparent intended target had stopped at the convenience store and that another vehicle had then pulled up to park nearby.
“We believe that the occupant of the second vehicle was verbally abusive to the customer and that several shots were fired from the second vehicle at the man in front of the store,” the investigator said. “We are still actively investigating this and are determining whether this shooting incident was part of a long-running feud between the parties involved.”
Olivarez said the suspect in the case drove away from the scene immediately after firing the shots and has not been identified.
“The intended victim of the shooting then went inside the store to call for help,” Olivarez said.
The business was closed for several hours during the preliminary investigation of the shooting. Officers responding and taking part in the examination of the case and hoping to identify a suspect include Deputy Miguel Limon, Sgt. Elvira Gonzales and Sgt. Investigator Esmeralda Gonzalez.