WILLIAMSON COUNTY -- What started as a family argument ended in gunshots at a home on Broadmeade Avenue in Williamson County Thursday night.
Investigators say 39-year-old Cynthia Salazar got into an argument with her 30-year-old brother Orlando Salazar inside her home.
As the argument escalated, investigators said Salazar shot her brother, grazing his back with a bullet. His pregnant wife, 21-year-old Andrea Salazar, tried to intervene and was shot in the stomach.
The couple got in their truck to go look for help.
"Not being from here, knowing the area very well, they drove off to an area off 183 and called 911," said Sgt. John Foster of the Williamson County Sheriff's Office.
Salazar drove to the Value Place Hotel on 183 near Anderson Mill.
"The truck drove around the property, stopped in front of me, rolled his window down, he was yelling and screaming, 'hey I need some help,'" said James Huckleberry who was staying at the hotel.
Huckleberry said Salazar asked him to drive to the hospital.
"I raised up and looked in the truck and saw nothing but blood," said Huckleberry. "The girl was reclined, crying, saying 'let's go, let's go.' Blood everywhere and that's when I grabbed my phone and called the police."
Huckleberry ran to his room to get towels for the woman.
"I almost passed out on the phone trying to talk to EMS and the police and all that," Huckleberry said. "I've seen blood and shootings and stuff on TV, but nothing in your face like that was. That's, I don't think anyone could be prepared to see something like that."
The couple was taken to the Round Rock Medical Center. Orlando Salazar was treated and released. His wife had to have surgery and is in critical condition.
The condition of their unborn baby is unknown.
As they fight for their lives, the image of what happened to them is forever burned into the memory of the man who tried to help them.
"Even just standing up in my room, looking out at all the action I just wanted to sit down and cry. It's shocking. You never know how long you have and hopefully that girl is going to live. She was pregnant and you know if she doesn't live that's two lives gone," said Huckleberry.
Cynthia Salazar is now charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Those charges could be escalated, depending on Andrea Salazar's condition and because she is pregnant.