EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – El Paso Police say a teen is dead, and officers continue to search for suspects and the vehicle involved in the Far East El Paso shooting.
El Paso Police say that the 16-year-old transported to The Hospitals of Providence East Campus died due to the shooting. Officials ask for anyone who may have witnessed the shooting to contact them directly at 915-832-4400 or CrimeStoppers at 915-566-TIPS.
The El Paso Police Department says that preliminary information from the investigation shows that an altercation between the occupants of two vehicles led to the shooting.
“Through the investigation, we found that that 16-year-old was actually one of the individuals that had been at this location (Zaragoza) at the actual shooting call,” said Sgt. Javier Sambrano with the El Paso Police Department.
A portion of The Hospitals of Providence East was also blocked off as police say the hospital called them to let them know that a shooting victim, the 16-year-old, had come to the hospital.
The incident, which started shortly after 1:30 p.m., spanned several streets, and – for a brief time – officers were searching two vehicles involved in the incident.
EPPD patrol units blocked off North Zaragoza at Tierra Este to Sombre del Sol. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and seek alternate routes, as the closure will last through the evening hours.
The shooting took place along a hectic portion of North Zaragoza, framed by stores, gas stations, restaurants, and at least one daycare facility.
“We always come here, and our kid’s daycare is around here, so it’s just really scary,” said Stephanie Lopez, who lives nearby.
“I never expected one of those shooting to be in my neighborhood. It’s quite scary. I have two toddlers, so even just hearing about that, and how close my husband could have been out with the girls,” said Mitzel Aveytia, who also lives near where the shooting took place.