Brownsville Police Investigating Third Homicide of the Year

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 8:56am

He was shot and left for dead, now Brownsville Police are looking for the person who pulled the trigger.

"The guy steps out of the car with the other friends he has around and I heard one gunshot," says the witnessing neighbor.

She was on her porch smoking a cigarette, just before one a.m. Sunday morning, when she witnessed the incident. She ran inside to call 9-1-1 as her son headed downstairs to check on the victim.

Police say the victim was shot once in his chest with what was likely a small caliber weapon.

"My son was like, “He's hurt!”, So he pulls off the shirt and puts pressure on the guy waiting for the emergency to come," says the woman.

Brownsville Police say the victim, 28 year old Esequiel Perez of Brownsville, was not a resident at the Courtyard Apartment complex off Paredes Line, but got into some trouble while on the property.

“The incident stemmed from an argument that occurred there between the victim and possible suspect," says investigator JJ Trevino, of the Brownsville Police Department.

The relationship between the shooter and the victim is unknown as is what exactly they were arguing over. Investigators hope to learn more once they identify the shooter. Witnesses do confirm a younger group of men though, possibly juveniles.

Authorities say Perez died from his injury not long after he arrived at a local hospital.

Neighbors in the complex say there are always small incidents, but nothing this severe.

'"This really topped it, it's hit too close to home," says a neighbor who lives right next to the hallway where the shooting took place.

She and her daughters were already looking to move, but this sped the process up.

“I don't want to be here another weekend. I don't wish to be around it anymore," says the mother.

In the meantime, Police continue questioning witnesses and an autopsy has been ordered on the victim.

Anyone with information is asked to call Brownsville Crime Stoppers at 546-TIPS.

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