Police address citizen concern after Lubbock sees two murders in 24 hours

Published: Sep. 6, 2014 at 11:59 PM CDT|Updated: May. 19, 2016 at 2:26 PM CDT
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Police line from Falcon Cove Townhomes
Police line from Falcon Cove Townhomes

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock police are searching for three suspects involved in two separate fatal shootings that happened within a 24 hour period, only two miles apart.

The latest murder happened Friday night around 8:50 p.m. at Falcon Cove Townhomes in the 6500 block of Temple Avenue.

Police say they found 22-year-old Demodrick Williams in the parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds.

He was taken to the hospital where he had emergency surgery and later died.

Police have identified the suspect involved in this homicide as 19-year-old Shovantae Johnson, who was last seen at the townhouses last night in gray sweatpants and black shoes.

Johnson is still on the loose, as are two other suspects who killed a man on Thursday.

Police say 44-year-old Robert Ramirez Sr. was shot outside a home in the 1800 block of 49th Street.

The suspects are described as two black men driving a Dodge Magnum.

These cases have many citizens are concerned as murder becomes increasingly common in Lubbock.

"It is scary," said Police Sergeant Jason Lewis, "especially when you think about 'Wow, that is down the street from me, or I knew that person.'"

These shootings mark the 11th murder to occur in Lubbock so far this year, already matching the total number of murders that happened in 2013.

But Lewis said citizens should not worry.

"Here in Lubbock, we're fortunate that when we do see murders, generally speaking, it's not random," he said. "The victim and the suspect generally know each other and have had some sort of dealings or relationship. It's not generally random acts of violence."

Lewis says most of the murders in Lubbock are from domestic violence.

"Those are some of the things that we try to do to work on," he said, "not preventing murders, but just keeping people from being victimized at any level."

No matter how hard officers train, Lewis says it is almost impossible to prevent these murders.

"We put burglar squads that try to continuously catch burglars because they continually do that," he said, "but something like this is difficult to foresee and stop in a lot of cases."

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