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Authorities investigating 2 overnight shootings in Manor area

One shooting involved a victim in his 20s. The other, which is being reported as an accidental shooting, involved a 17-year-old victim.

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas — Authorities in Travis County are investigating two separate shootings that occurred late Tuesday night.

The Travis County Sheriff's Office (TCSO) is investigating a homicide in Manor. Just before 10 p.m. Tuesday, deputies responded to a shooting in the 13500 block of James Garfield Street.

When they arrived at the scene, they found the body of a man in his 20s. The victim had sustained a gunshot wound.

On Dec. 27, the TCSO named Christopher Isaiah Martinez, 25, as the prime suspect. It is believed Martinez is experiencing homelessness in the Austin area. The deceased was identified as Jose Cruz Rivera, also 25, of Manor.

Credit: Travis County Sheriff's Office
Christopher Martinez, 25

Martinez has been charged with murder, with a bond set at $500,000.

Anyone with information regarding Martinez's whereabouts is asked to call the TCSO tip line at 512-854-1444 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS (8477).

Meanwhile, also in Manor, police are investigating a shooting involving a minor in the 11900 block of Jamie Drive, near Manor High School. 

Officers responded to a call of a reported person with a gunshot wound at around 8:50 p.m. A 17-year-old, identified Thursday as Steven Montalvo, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the victim was a student at Weiss High School in Pflugerville ISD.

Manor police say this incident is being reported as an accidental shooting, but it is standard procedure to conduct a full investigation. The investigation is active and there is no threat to the public.

PfISD released the following statement regarding the incident:

"Pflugerville ISD and the Weiss High School community are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of one of our students last night. We are all hurting from this tragedy and our hearts go out to our student’s family and friends. We will have crisis counselors and social workers available today to talk with any students and staff who are struggling, and they will remain on campus as long as they are needed. We want to make sure every student and staff member receives the support and assistance he or she needs to cope with this loss. Together we will help and care for one another as we move through this difficult time."


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