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Texas shooting over stolen car leaves suspected thief dead, accomplice injured and robbery victim in the hospital


Texas shooting over stolen car leaves suspected thief dead, accomplice injured and robbery victim in the hospital

  • The owner of the stolen car ordered the driver and his female companion out of the vehicle – and sat them down at gunpoint while waiting for police, officials say
  • An alleged thief was hit with a bullet when the suspected stole car victim, a man, opened fire 
  • A man whose car had been stolen tracked down his vehicle to a Texas shopping center lot – before shooting dead one of the alleged thieves and wounding the other. 

    Gunfire erupted in the parking lot outside South Park Mall, San Antonio, just before 1pm Thursday after the man figured out where his stolen car was located. 

    The owner of the stolen car had ordered the driver and his female companion out of the vehicle – and sat them down by the tire at gunpoint while they waited for police.

    But the stolen car victim was hit with a bullet when one of the suspected thieves, a male, took a gun out from his waistband and opened fire.

    The owner then returned fire – which killed the suspected robber. 

    A video from the scene showed the dead man lying on the ground – with his female friend receiving help from two people at the scene. She had blood splattered all down her leg, which was attached to a boot. The two were shot during an alleged stolen car confrontation 

    San Antonio Police Department Chief William McManus said: 'Certainly a case of self-defense, is what we have'

    San Antonio Police Department Chief William McManus said: ‘Certainly a case of self-defense, is what we have’

    The woman, who was the passenger in the stolen vehicle, was also shot, and is in critical condition at the hospital. 

    Police said that the owner of the stolen vehicle is in stable condition.  

    No charges have been filed yet. 

    The names of the people involved have not been released.  

    ‘Certainly a case of self-defense, is what we have,’ San Antonio Police Department Chief William McManus said. ‘We would prefer that they call the police before taking that into your own hands, but he did what he felt he needed to do.’ 

    Gunfire erupted in the parking lot outside South Park Mall, San Antonio, just before 1pm Thursday after the man figured out where his stolen car was located

    Gunfire erupted in the parking lot outside South Park Mall, San Antonio, just before 1pm Thursday after the man figured out where his stolen car was located

    The owner of the stolen car had ordered the driver and his female companion out of the vehicle - and sat them down by the tire at gunpoint while they waited for police

    The owner of the stolen car had ordered the driver and his female companion out of the vehicle – and sat them down by the tire at gunpoint while they waited for police

    A video from the scene showed the dead man lying on the ground – with his female friend receiving help from two people. 

    She had blood splattered all down her leg, which was attached to a boot. 

    There was a pool of blood coming from the dead man’s head in the parking lot.  

    Texas has one of the strongest ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws of self-defense that cannot be nullified by a jury or a progressive District Attorney, the state’s Governor has said. 

    McManus confirmed at a press conference: ‘He had every right to track his vehicle down.’ 

    But the police chief did not say if the man whose vehicle was stolen was ‘in the right.’

    He said that an investigation is ongoing.  



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