Suspects Charged in ATM Murder - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/23/02

Suspects Charged in ATM Murder

Friday, two men were charged with capital murder, for the shooting death of 21-year old Texas Tech student Colin Schafer. 17-year old Gabriel Gonzales and 19-year old Joe Gonzales are both charged with capital murder. 19-year old Joe Gonzales was arraigned early Friday afternoon at the Lubbock County Courthouse.

21-year old Texas Tech student Colin Schafer was shot and killed last Wednesday. The shooting happened at the Bank of America ATM near the intersection of Slide Road and 50th St. just before 6 a.m. Wednesday. Police found Schafer slumped over in his Jeep Cherokee. Witnesses told police two suspects fled the scene in an early '80's model blue Cadillac.

Then Thursday, there was another incident just blocks from this ATM at a house in the 5300 block of 47th St. Neighbors reported shots fired and police arrived to find a glass screen door had been shattered by gunfire. The suspects also fled that scene in an early '80's model blue Cadillac. The suspects allegedly shot out the screen door at a house where they were going to buy drugs. Ballistics evidence from both scenes matched up and police used caller ID records to positively identify the suspects. The district attorney's office says they don't believe Schafer was involved in any wrong doing.

"What I can tell you is the young man who was killed was not in a situation that caused him to be killed. It was not a situation like that in my opinion," said First Assistant District Attorney Matt Powell. Powell says this case came together quickly as a result of good police work.

The 19-year old claimed he didn't do it as he walked out of court Friday, saying he will prove his case when he gets to court.

The DA's office stopped short of calling it a random act of violence, but Powell says he believes the motive was plain and simple robbery.

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