Police set to identify victim killed outside hospital


by TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News and Photojournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on January 2, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 2 at 11:48 AM

AUSTIN -- Police will likely reveal more information on Thursday about a deadly shooting that happened in the final hours of 2013.

Police say the shooting happened just 50 feet away from the entrance to the emergency department at University Medical Center Brackenridge.

Jesus Rodriguez is facing murder charges in the case. Police tell KVUE he has a criminal record and was arrested last month for assault.

It was just before midnight on New Year's Eve when police say Rodriguez fired two shots that killed the unidentified victim. Homicide detectives will not say yet why Rodriguez and the victim were at the hospital.

We also don't know if one was a patient or staff at UMC Brackenridge or just happened to be in the neighborhood.

The head of security at UMC Brackenridge tells us the shooting did not impact care at the hospital. It did not go on lockdown even though the shooting was right outside.

Stan Knee is head of hospital security.

"As I went into the ED (Emergency Department) and talked to the nurses, trying to get a sense of how they were feeling, they could hardly talk to me because they were going about their business of saving lives," he said.

Knee added that this is the only incident he's had in four years as head of security.  It was two of his officers on patrol outside the hospital that grabbed Rodriguez as he tried to run from the scene.

Police tell us the security cameras in front of the 15th Street entrance will likely provide some evidence into exactly what lead up to the shooting.