Man placed in medically induced coma dies after Thanksgiving shooting

AUSTIN – A man who was placed in a medically induced coma following a shooting in Austin on Thanksgiving has died.

Samuel Charlez, 23, died at around 7:10 p.m. Dec. 6 following the Nov. 23 shooting. On Dec. 7, the Travis County Medical Examiner ruled that Charlez died from gunshot trauma to the body.The manner of death was ruled a homicide.

Hector Mario Guajardo-Garcia has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, but police said the charges are likely to change due to the death. According to his arrest affidavit, police were called to the area of North Lamar Boulevard Nov. 23.

When they arrived, they found one man with a single gunshot wound to his arm and another man with multiple gunshot wounds to his stomach. The man with wounds in his stomach was taken via Star Flight for emergency surgery. He is currently in a medically induced coma.

A witness told police that before the shooting, a blue SUV entered the parking lot where several friends -- including the victims -- were hanging out. The victims approached the SUV, and witnesses described hearing gunshots. Afterward, the driver of the vehicle slowly drove out of the parking lot, giving the witnesses a chance to look at him. No one else was inside the vehicle, witnesses said. 

On Nov. 24, police spoke with one of the victims, who said they have known the driver for over five years. A witness told police that a few days prior to the shooting, one of the victims met Guajardo-Garcia near his residence, where the victim allegedly robbed Guajardo-Garcia during a narcotics transaction. This led the witness to believe that the victims were going to get shot, according to the affidavit.

On Nov. 28, police prepared a photo lineup, and they said one of the victims positively identified the shooter as Guajardo-Garcia. Guajardo-Garcia was booked in the Travis County Jail Wednesday with a total bond set at $140,000.

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