Posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2022. 9:33 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Twenty-three-year-old Carrel Sanchez was killed in a shootout in Locke Alley on Tuesday night, and police say it was the result of retaliatory gang violence that took an unexpected turn.
Commissioner of Police Chester Williams said today that there have been escalating gang feuds between rival factions in the George Street area and the Wagner’s Lane area. Williams said that the shooting in Locke Alley involved a group of men from the PIV area and was directly connected to an incident that happened on Monday night where assailants fired shots at the vehicle of Patrick Jones, also known as “Pato.” Jones had survived the attempt on his life but ended up crashing his vehicle.
“We know for a fact that the shootings stemmed from the shooting of Pato two nights ago,” Williams said. “the shooting itself resulted in him overturning and causing extensive damage to his vehicle. So we saw last night now where, apparently, PIV retaliated in respect to what happened with Pato.”
He continued by saying that the group of four were dropped off in the vicinity of Logwood Street to go and shoot someone, but they were recognized by their enemies when they entered the area and there was an exchange of gunfire.
Sanchez was reportedly cornered and fatally shot in that exchange. Two others were shot, but only suffered minor injures. They were reportedly taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for treatment and later released.
One person was detained following the incident, and a subsequent police search of the area led them to two loaded .9mm pistols.
The matter is under investigation.
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