Survivor of Shooting at Halloween Party Says Friend Died in His Arms
POSTED: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 6:36pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 11:06am
EL PASO – A teenager who survived a shooting that killed his best friend outside of a house party in far East El Paso told NewsChannel 9 what he saw.
The 17-year-old was back at the scene of the deadly shooting Tuesday morning being interviewed by detectives, hours after he was released from the hospital.
A bloody bandage covered a gunshot wound on his left arm. He didn't want us to use his name, or show his face on television, because he worries about his safety.
"He was like a brother to me. I lost a real good friend," he said.
He watched his 19-year-old best friend, Hector Gonzalez, who he calls a brother, die in his arms outside of the house party.
"He was still alive and looking at me. I was telling him to stay with me and he didn't want to. All I want is justice."
Deputies said the teens were at a house party in the 1600 block of Jamin Place when a fight broke out around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. Someone pulled a gun and started shooting. Our survivor said he heard several loud pops, then felt pain in his arm.
“I was standing right behind my brother. So when I ducked down I heard another shot and then felt my arm stinging bad," he said.
Even though he was shot in the arm, he said he ran to help Gonzalez, who was laying in a pool of blood on the street.
"He got shot in the neck. I took off his shirt to look for the bullet hole and I couldn't find it. That's when another guy came and he found it on the neck.”
Paramedics rushed to the scene, but it was too late. Deputies say Gonzalez died on the street outside the party.
The 17-year-old survivor was rushed to the hospital.
“I was just crying for my brother. I was hoping he was okay, and praying."
Sheriff's deputies haven't made any arrests, or named any suspects. Investigators are trying to figure out who the home belongs to. If you have any information that could help detectives make an arrest, call the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.