Man Shot As He Allegedly Interrupts Car Burglars - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/4/08

Man Shot As He Allegedly Interrupts Car Burglars

While standing at the window of his apartment, he was shot, allegedly by car burglars. 40-year-old Felipe Acevedo is in critical condition. Lubbock Police say a man who allegedly was breaking into his car outside his North Lubbock apartment early Wednesday morning shot him.  It is a story we broke Wednesday morning on Daybreak Today.  

"All I heard was the ambulance. I hear them all the time. I didn't think anything of it," Adulfo Cortez said.  Cortez says he and his wife went back to sleep. However, Wednesday morning he woke up to a detective with the Lubbock Police Department.

"He said you didn't hear the gun shots. I said no I was asleep," Cortez said. Police tell us shots were fired toward Acevedo's apartment after he heard a noise in the parking lot. Apparently, he went to look out his bedroom window and found two people allegedly breaking into his black Suburban.

"They exited the vehicle that we believe they were breaking into at the time and shots were fired at that time. They fled the scene in the vehicle that's believed to be the White Dodge Stratus," Captain Greg Stevens said. Police describe the suspects as a Hispanic male and a white male wearing a black hoody. We are told either Acevedo or a family member banged on the window in an attempt to scare the men away. Instead, investigators say the man in the black hoody opened fire.

"They fired several shot were fired with a large caliber handgun and again that is a weapons that is still out on the streets," Stevens said.  By the light of day, detectives were back out at the scene trying to piece together what happened. Police say it is still not clear if the victims knew the suspects or if this was just a random act of violence.

"Nothing is worth your life and so absolutely we would encourage you call police and let us handle it," Stevens added.

"I'm concerned for my daughter and the little kids. They start shooting and it could hit anybody you know what I mean. I am kinda concerned about it. I hope they catch this guy," Cortez said.

If you saw or know anything about this crime, you're urged to call Crime Line at 741-1000.

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