Series of gunshots thought to be related

Bianca Montes By Bianca Montes

Jan. 3, 2014 at 6:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 3, 2014 at 7:04 p.m.

Recent gunshots reportedly shot at a convenience store in the 2000 block of North Ben Wilson Street are thought to be connected to a string of other cases, officials said Friday.

Between Monday and Thursday, Victoria Police Department officers responded to six calls reporting damage thought to be caused by a high-powered BB gun or unknown firearm, said department spokeswoman Sgt. Eline Moya.

The first four calls - in the 2500 block of East Rio Grande Street, 1500 block of Port Lavaca Drive and the 2000 and 2300 blocks of North Navarro Street - were all classified as criminal mischief, racking up $3,650 in damages.

The shooting on North Ben Wilson Street and a similar case at a restaurant in the 4300 block of North Ben Wilson Street, also Thursday, have elevated the charges to deadly conduct because people were inside during the shootings, Moya said.

No injuries were reported.

Information about additional evidence collected was not available. Detectives are pursuing surveillance video to help identify the suspects, Moya said.

"We are investigating all of our leads and trying to see who is responsible, but we also want to turn to the public," she said.

Officers also responded to a shooting Tuesday at a convenience store in the 1300 block of East Rio Grande Street. A gun was discharged outside the store and went near a clerk inside. The clerk was not hurt. The value of the damage was not available, and there were no suspects in that shooting as of Friday, Moya said. It is unknown if this case is related to the others.

Information can be anonymously given police through Victoria Crime Stoppers or using the police department's mobile application VictoriaPD.



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