Drive-by shooting in Austin nearly kills 5-month-old baby


by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on July 16, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 17 at 10:30 AM

AUSTIN -- A drive-by shooting in North Austin injured a woman and nearly killed a 5-month-old baby. Police are now hoping someone will recognize the shooter’s car and call them immediately.

The evidence lies in the holes of a car seat where a bullet entered through the headrest where a baby was lying.

“I'm not angry at what happened. I feel so blessed that my nephew's here and my husband and myself,” the victim told KVUE.

She’s not angry, but she is scared. The victim of a drive-by shooting is so worried about retaliation, she asked us not to show her face or use her name.

“We don't know if they are going to come back. Is it going to happen to someone else? Just not knowing is what kills us inside,” she said.
In the early morning hours of July 7, the victim and her family were returning from a night out downtown.

“We were coming back from having a good time with the family and some friends," she said.

She was the designated driver. She had just finished picking up her 5-month-old nephew from his grandma's house when around 3:30 a..m. a black, 4-door sedan drove up beside them on Metric Boulevard.

“We didn't even see it. We just heard gunshots," she said.
That's when a bullet hit her nephew's car seat. Another bullet hit her hand.

“The bullet came through and it shattered my ulna,” she said while pointing to the stitches where doctors performed surgery.

After getting shot, “I took my seatbelt off, opened the car door and just fell out of the car. I couldn't drive it anymore,” she explains.
The car hit a tree in the median as the shooters drove back around.

“At one point I looked up, and I saw the black car making a u-turn and coming back, and I just remember saying ‘they're coming back,’ and all I wanted to do was call police," she said.
Before police arrived the victim's husband, an expert marksman in the Marine Corps, shot back.
“We fired off the entire clip of ten, so I’m hoping that it did hit something just so the car can be identified," he said.

“We're hoping that possibly there will be some bullet holes on the suspect's vehicle that can help identify a suspect in this case,” said Detective Alex Hitzelberg with the Austin Police Department.

Hitzelberg says this case is unusual.

“These people are driving home, and a car pulls up next to them and just randomly starts shooting at them."
Police are investigating the possibility that it may have been gang-related, possibly a gang-initiation crime.
“That’s what we think it was, because there's no other reason for anybody to attack us,” said the victim.

There is a reward for information leading to an arrest.

If you have seen the 4-door, black sedan with silver trim, possibly with bullet holes, please call Austin Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS (8477) OR 1-800-893-TIPS (8477).

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