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12/19/02

Quick Arrest After Early Morning Murder

Police cruisers swarmed into central Lubbock as gunfire rattled a neighborhood. "We just heard like five shots go off," said Adrian SanGonzales.

"I heard like a boom and it woke me up," said Dominga Lovato.

At about 3:30 Thursday morning, 36-year-old Joe Martinez was found slumped in a driveway, shot four times. Once in the left arm, once in the abdomen, and twice in the back. An ambulance took him to UMC where he later died. Martinez didn't live at the house where the shooting occurred. Neighbors say he was friends with the owners and frequently visited. "Usually nothing happens like this here, I've never seen anybody get shot," said Dominga.

At the Martinez home Thursday afternoon, friends and relatives arrived to offer condolences. Then, roughly 12 hours after the shooting, police issued a warrant for 26-year-old Pedro Steven Chavez for the murder of Joe Martinez.

As luck would have it, Chavez was already in custody in the Crosby County Sheriff's Office for an unrelated traffic warrant. Details on the relationship between the two men remains unknown. Detectives say that they have an eyewitness who identified Mr. Chavez as the shooter, but have yet to identify a motive.

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