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Police search for man who reported being shot; no one found

By BY DIANNA WRAY - DWRAY@VICAD.COM
Jan. 30, 2012 at 9:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 30, 2012 at 7:31 p.m.

A helicopter from the Corpus Christi Department of Public Safety illuminates the woods near the power plant on South Bridge Street, while Victoria police officers search for a shooting victim.

Law enforcement officers were searching the woods and the railroad bridge near the power plant on South Bridge Street for a man who called 911 to say he had been shot in the chest Monday evening.

As of 9:30 p.m., police had not found anyone, and the search was continuing.

A short time before 7:30 p.m., police received a call from a man who said he had been shot, but they have not been able to find anyone, said Police Lt. Caleb Breshear.

"Right now we are treating this as a real call. He stumbled off somewhere, but the question is where?" Breshears said.

Chris Quintanilla, who lives at Bridge and South streets, said he saw two sport utility vehicles, one black, the other red, drive up to the area, and saw four people walk across the railroad bridge.

He said he then heard a loud verbal exchange and then heard 17 gunshots.

He said he then saw three people walk back to the vehicles and drive off.

Victoria Police officers, Victoria County Sheriff's Office deputies, Victoria Fire Department members are searching the area.

The Department of Public Safety from Corpus Christi sent a helicopter to search the scene in a flyover. The helicopter turned in circles over a thick patch of woods where the caller's last cell phone signal was sent near Bridge Street.

Patrons of Catholic War Veterans Hall, located just across the street from the plant, said they didn't hear any gunshots from inside the building.

Standing in the parking lot, Jessica Cano watched officers searching the woods with tears in her eyes.

"I hope they find him alive," Cano said. "It's sad. That's somebody's brother or son or nephew."

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