AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Police have identified the man they say was fatally shot outside a gas station Wednesday night in south Austin.
They said according to their preliminary investigation, 28-year-old Rony Alfredo Mateo-Comapa was pumping gas at the Texaco on the 500 block of West Oltorf Street when several suspects in a newer model white Chrysler 300 came up to him.
Detectives said the suspects ran up to Mateo-Comapa, fatally shot him, then left the scene in the car they came in, as well as Mateo-Comapa’s car.
Police said officers got reports of shots being fired at West Oltorf Street and South First Street around 11:20 p.m.
They said they found Mateo-Comapa lying on the ground outside the Texaco station at the southeast corner of the intersection in the Dawson neighborhood. They said he died from his gunshot wounds at the scene.
Officers said they found the victim’s stolen white Toyota Corolla hours later on Elmont Drive, which is about 10 minutes east of the crime scene.
They added that they think the robbery-homicide is random.
Police say the suspects are still at large.
Teodoro Palos Muñoz said his nephew works at the convenience store and witnessed everything.
“I asked him if anything happened to him and he said, ‘Nothing happened to me but I’m really sad,'” Muñoz said.
He said his nephew knew the victim.
“He said something happened to a friend, to a regular customer,” Muñoz said.
Damian Rodriguez uses the bus stop next to the gas station every day.
“A little shook. A little shook, scared,” he said.
He keeps one ear free from his headphones to stay alert.
“Because what my mama said, ‘You’ve got to, got to be aware of your surroundings ’cause someone can just come behind you and, blap!'” Rodriguez said.
Still, he’s rethinking his after-work route.
“When I get off of work, it’s like, do I need to approach a different route? Do I need to start catching a Lyft from work?” he said.
Others, like Marshall Mitchell, said they feel the crime is part of Austin’s growth.
“A lot of good comes with growth and change and, you know what I’m saying, new population, but a whole lot of bad come with it, too,” he said.
Mitchell said he’s going to try to stay safe, but doesn’t want to live in fear.
“Holing yourself somewhere, staying at home, refusing to go about your daily routines and life, or even go to a bus stop because you feel like your life might be in danger, man that’s — that ain’t no way to live, my man,” Mitchell said. “I take my chances because I just want to live my life as full as I can.”
Police urge anyone with information or video of the incident to call APD Homicide at 512-974-TIPS; the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 512-472-8477 (TIPS), use the new Crime Stoppers App or email APD Homicide at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may remain anonymous.
This is Austin’s 41st homicide of 2022.