Police arrest man in Sunday morning double shooting case

Aug. 31, 2011 at 3:31 a.m.
Updated Sept. 1, 2011 at 4:01 a.m.

Police arrested a Victoria man Tuesday for the double shooting on Oaklawn Street on Sunday morning.

Two Victoria men, ages 22 and 21, each suffered multiple gunshot wounds from a handgun in the 3100 block of Oaklawn Street at about 3 a.m. Sunday.

A police investigation led to the arrest of Jesse Ramirez Villarreal, 22, of Victoria, in the 100 block of Cozzi Circle at about 6 p.m. on Tuesday, said Victoria Police Detective Adam Rodriguez. Villarreal was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and is being held in the Victoria County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond, Rodriguez said.

As of Tuesday evening, both victims remained in a local hospital in serious but stable condition, Rodriguez said.

In the wake of the shooting, Jonnie Johnson, 64, who lives nearby in the 2900 block of Oaklawn Street, said the neighborhood will return to its usual status.

Johnson said she was not home at the time of the shooting, but she said that, while she is sorry about the shooting, it did not surprise her.

"I don't like the idea of it, but this was happening before I moved here," said Johnson, who relocated from another street in the same general area about six months ago.

"I don't go around sticking my nose in other people's business, though. I don't want people shooting at my house, I'm too old for that."

Johnson said she believes the shooting was an isolated event.

"The neighbors here are friendly - when the sun goes down we all visit in our yards. Children ride their bikes and skateboards down the street," Johnson said.

But a 45-year-old resident of the block where the shooting occurred said she doesn't intend to take chances. The sound of several gunshots woke her up early Sunday morning. Though this is the first event of this magnitude in the year she has lived on Oaklawn Street, she fears for the safety of her daughter and five grandchildren who live two doors down from her.

"We are moving next month," Johnson said. "I don't want them here, I don't feel safe."



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