Police identify victim, search for suspects in north Austin shooting


AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department identified a woman who died in a shooting in north Austin Monday night, and officers are now searching for two suspects.

According to police, officers responded just before 11 p.m. to the Canyon Trails Apartment Complex at 7020 Grand Canyon Drive. The caller said someone was shooting at them.

When officers arrived, they found a man and a woman with gunshot wounds. The woman, identified as 38-year-old Elvi Vanessa Cervantes – De La Torre, was pronounced dead at the scene. The man was taken to the hospital. Police say he will be okay.

Witnesses told police there was a group of “eight to 10 Hispanic males drinking in the parking lot when an altercation occurred between two of the men and Elvi Cervantes-De La Torre” and her friend, according to a release. After the shooting, police said the men then split into two groups and left in a black sedan and a maroon/reddish pickup truck.

Cervantes-De La Torre and her friend pulled up in a vehicle near the group of men, but police believe they were not previously connected to the group. Police are asking for anyone connected with the group of men to come forward with information.

“She pulled up into the parking lot in this area and those men were already there,” explained APD Homicide Sergeant Eric De Los Santos. “You know, whether they had a problem with her parking there, that’s a possibility. They may have territorialized this section of the parking lot or something.”

De Los Santos says the group of men frequents that part of the parking lot.

“These men frequent this area, so people, especially the ones that live in that apartment, are going to know who these men are, and we’re interested in knowing all of their names,” De Los Santos said.

The sergeant says many neighbors or witnesses with information are hispanic and may be worried about their immigration status. He says police need them to come forward and are not concerned with their status.

“There’s a lot of people there who may be concerned about their status,” he said. “We don’t care. We’re not interested, and it makes no difference to us. What we want is justice for Miss Cervantes – De La Torre, and we want to find her killer. That is our only focus and concern here.”

Police released these descriptions of the men:

Suspect 1

  • Hispanic male
  • Approximately 5’5”
  • Estimated to be in his late-30s/early-40s
  • Chunky build
  • Trimmed beard
  • Last seen wearing a yellow construction vest, grey baseball cap, white and orange-striped shirt

Suspect 2

  • Hispanic male
  • Approximately 5’4”
  • Estimated to be in his mid-30s
  • Mustache
  • Beer belly
  • Last seen wearing a long-sleeve green shirt, light-colored jeans and a black baseball cap

Police said anyone with information or video should call the homicide tip line at 512-974-8477, use the Crime Stoppers App or email APD Homicide at homicide.apd@austintexas.gov

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