Man charged in woman's North Austin shooting death


by TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News and Photojournalist KENNETH NULL and KVUE Staff

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Posted on December 6, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 6 at 6:12 PM

AUSTIN -- Austin police have charged a man with a deadly shooting in North Austin.

Police received reports of several shots fired around 5:45 a.m. Wednesday Dec. 4 on Jamestown Drive, near Lamar Blvd. and U.S. 183. The caller reported a white vehicle leaving the area.

Responding officers found nothing at the scene. As they were investigating, a woman showed up at St. David's Hospital a critical gunshot wound. She was in a white, Nissan sedan, and police officers were able to link the two events.

The woman, identified as 22-year-old Angelica Jewel Echols died at the hospital.

Detectives say Angelica was with a man who went over to an auto repair shop to confront someone that lived in the 8300 block of Jamestown Dr. The confrontation escalated, a handgun was produced and shots were fired, striking Angelica once on her upper torso.

Dec. 6 Austin police announced they have charged 52-year-old Andrew Pena with murder. His bond is set at $1 million.

KVUE spoke with an area business owner who says he was outside in the parking lot when the shooting happened. He was too far away to see the shooter, but heard the whole thing and then yelled at them to go away.

"My first thought was, 'Oh something backfired,' and then I turned back to see because it came form where the motor shop is, and I heard the two shots, and I decided to yell at them because they've broken in here six months ago," said Dillard Vickers.

Vickers says the neighborhood is generally quiet, but once in awhile there's a break-in, but that's the most violent crime he's seen in 10 years.

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