San Antonio – The Bixar County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victim killed in a shooting southbound as 49-year-old Bobby Borrego on Tuesday.
Borrego was killed by officers before he arrived at a house in the 400 block of Clutter Avenue and shot and killed the gunman, which remains to be identified.
Borrego’s girlfriend Crystal Vella said she was inside her garage on Tuesday afternoon when she heard the sound of a gunshot going off in the backyard, which she initially thought was a compressor.
“I was in the garage while they were out, like in a shed.” Shed by the back, and my children were inside, and I can only hear the sound of a gun. I did not realize it was a gunshot at that time, ”said Vela.
Initial police reports described the suspect as an intruder, but according to Vela the shooter was a friend of Borrego.
“He was actually one of (Borrego’s) best friends, one of his closest friends. He was probably here every other day,” Vela said.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said Borrego and another friend were in the shed together before being shot. Then, the gunman drove up to the house, went to the shed and started firing, killing Borrego. The friend present in the shed managed to escape. Vela said that she went to the backyard after finding the gunman alone.
“He was just like, ‘This is all messed up. Everything is just messed up.’ He was telling me, so I went to the corner, and I went back, and then I sniffed the paint,” Vela said .
Vela said the gunman was spray-painting his vehicles and wrote the words “Who’s next” on the hood of Borrego’s pickup truck.
“And when it clicks in my head – Bobby in the shed. I just knew it was Bobby,” said Vela.
Vela said she ran into the shed and made a disturbing discovery.
Vella said, “So I run, and I see Bobby on the floor, but I see his shoes spray-painted, and I see his face spray-painted.”
Vela stated that he tried to run out of the shed because the shooter targeted him. She managed to withstand a gun and fired back.
Five San Antonio police officers then arrived at the scene. Some responded in front of the house and some from behind.
McManus said officers entering the property were met with bullets, they were coming from a man who said he had shot Borrego. The police then fired, killing the shooter, according to the chief.
Vela said the police handled the situation as best they could.
“He asked him several times to put his gun down, that he stop shooting, put the gun down,” he said. They tried to give him a chance to live, but he did not want to.
Vela said that she is still trying to make sense of everything but she does not know why her lover was killed. He is now left with the burden of trying to come to terms with unexpected funeral expenses.
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