2 teens among 3 suspects sought in daylight shooting at home construction site


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police are looking for three people — include two teenagers — who they say shot a man working at a construction site in the middle of the day and stole money.

The shooting took place Monday at 4:10 p.m. at a home under construction on Sweeney Lane in northeast Austin. That’s off of Manor Road, north of 51st Street.

Sweeney Lane Construction Site Robbery and Shooting
A home under construction on Sweeney Lane in east Austin was the site of a robbery and shooting July 13 (KXAN Photo/Yoojin Cho)

“He’s traumatized, but he’s stable for now,” said the victim’s brother. He didn’t want KXAN to use his name, but spoke with us in Spanish about what happened.

The brother was also at the site, working on the home construction, and saw everything from the second floor.

He said he saw the suspects approaching the site.

“I suddenly heard a gunshot and a loud scream from my brother,” he explained. “Immediately, I looked over again, and the three men took off. I came down to the ground to help my brother. When I got close to him, he yelled out, ‘Dial 911!'”

According to the Austin Police Department, the three suspects took off after the shooting. They stole cash out of the victim’s pocket.

“Luckily, I wasn’t harmed and was able to call 911,” the brother said. “For that reason we’re glad and so grateful. The police were able to help my brother.”

The family said the bullet is still in the victim’s shoulder. They have to wait to see if it’ll be safe to take the bullet out.

construction site robbery and shooting victim injuries
Injuries shown are from the victim of an east Austin construction site robbery and shooting that happened July 13. (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)
construction site robbery and shooting victim injuries
A shooting victim shows his injuries after being robbed July 13 on a construction site in east Austin. (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)

“It is very swollen,” the brother said about the victim’s injury. “It is very risky right now. We have no idea when he’ll be back to work. I only hope he’ll be able to move his arm and be back to normal.”

The family said the suspects stole about $50.

“It’s inhumane. It’s unjustifiable that for $50 or a bit more, they’d want to kill you. I just think it’s not fair.”

Austin Police did not have very detailed descriptions of any of the suspects, but they believe they are all pretty young. The oldest is estimated to be about 18 to 20 years old, while police believe the other two are teenagers, one about 16 years old and the other around 14 years old.

In June, an ice cream vendor was shot during a robbery and died due to his injuries. Because that case also involved three suspects and cash was stolen, we asked APD if they think this shooting might be connected to the murder of Adelaido Bernabe Urias.

Police said it’s too soon to say. They’re asking for the public to come forward with information in both cases.

You can remain anonymous and provide tips by calling the APD robbery tip line at (512) 974-5092.

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