LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - The Metropolitan Special Crimes Unit is investigating a murder that occurred shortly after 8:30 p.m. Feb. 25 in the 300 block of Avenue T.
Lubbock Police Officers responded to a shots fired call and found the victim, 25-year-old Yajaira Lizette Monsivais, with a life-threatening gunshot wound. Monsivais was transported by EMS to University Medical Center where she was pronounced deceased.
The initial investigation found that the suspect, 28-year-old Gabriel Lee Mendoza, and his brother were involved in an argument over a stolen firearm.
According to the arrest warrant, Mendoza told someone that he was going to kill his brother over the firearm. A witness told police Mendoza carried a long rifle out of the house when Monsivais and Mendoza’s brother arrived. Mendoza was seen firing a rifle in the direction on Monsivais’ vehicle and she and Mendoza’s brother attempted to leave the area. The vehicle immediately returned and the witness saw the brother holding Monsavais, who was bleeding.
Monsivais was the only person struck by gunfire. Mendoza fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival.
The Metro Unit obtained a murder warrant for Mendoza, and with the assistance of the Texas Anti-Gang Center received information that Mendoza was at a residence in the 200 block of Avenue U. Metro investigators obtained a search warrant for the residence, and LPD and LSO SWAT responded to the residence to attempt to locate Mendoza.
Mendoza was taken into custody without incident by LPD and LSO SWAT officers. He was transported and booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center and is being held on $500,000 bond.
The Metro Unit investigation is ongoing.
This is the second homicide of 2021. The first one this year was reported on Feb. 3 at Ashton Pointe Apartments, located at 310 Frankford Avenue.
The first homicide of 2020 happened on New Year’s Day.