SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — A man was found shot in the parking lot of San Marcos condos Tuesday morning. It was the city’s first homicide this year.
San Marcos police responded to the Park North Condos in the 1600 block of Aquarena Springs Drive at 2:24 a.m. Someone had called and reported seeing a man lying in the parking lot.
Matthew Jacob Rodriguez Jr., 27, had multiple gunshot wounds to his chest and was pronounced dead at the scene.
“It sounded like a firework but I knew it wasn’t, so I looked outside and honestly, I didn’t know what to do,” said a Park North Condo resident who asked not to be identified since police have yet to arrest a suspect.
Shortly after hearing the shots, the woman says cops started pulling into the parking lot where they remained all morning investigating.
Condo management says Rodriguez didn’t live there, and they haven’t found any residents who know him.
“It’s not the kind of town where you hear about murders happening,” said Ahren Robbins, who grew up in San Marcos.
“It is shocking because San Marcos is such a town of tranquility,” said Edward Samuels. “We have the river and students. You wouldn’t expect anyone to be fatally shot and left.”
Samuels is a senior at Texas State University.
The condo is about a mile from the campus. Samuels told KXAN, overall, he still feels safe in San Marcos, but he did point out how the apartment parking lot is set back from the main road.
“I would like them to consider having a patrol car,” he said. “That would be the best because I’ve had my dirt bike actually stolen from over here.”
“Our investigations division is virtually empty right now while they are out on the streets working this case,” said San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp.
What a woman saw after the shooting is giving police some clues to go off of and they’re depending on tips to solve the city’s first homicide of the year.
“I saw three guys jump into a silver hatchback and I saw one guy take off running down the street,” she said.
Police haven’t confirmed the description of the suspect’s car or if there is more than one suspect at this time.
Anyone with information about the homicide can call SMPD’s non-emergency number at 512-753-2108 or the SMPD Criminal Investigations Division at 512-753-2300.
Last year there were five homicides in San Marcos.