Two men arrested in Converse viral shooting video
SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — Arrests have been made in a Converse shooting that captured national attention on social media last year.
Last July, the victims of the shooting arrived to a home in the 8300 block of Jaybrook Drive in the recently-annexed Northampton community at around 4 a.m. that day.
When they pulled up, they say two men crouching between a privacy fence and a tree.
The people in the car then called police to detail the shady activity.
While they were on the phone — and filming what was going on on a phone — the two men and a third who later joined them started shooting at their car.
“Nobody was injured. It was kind of a miracle nobody was hit with they shot up that vehicle,” Converse police chief Fidel Villegas told KTSA News Thursday.
Converse police say they arrested 21-year-old Carlos Romero and 24-year-old Dimitri Lavalais Thursday. Lavalais was served an arrest warrant while he was sitting in the Bexar County Jail on an unrelated charge. Romero was arrested by Converse police at around 8 a.m. Thursday.
Villegas said it took a regional effort to find these two.
“There’s been several other incidents in San Antonio and Bexar County,” Villegas explained. “We’ve worked with them and teamed up on various shootings that have happened and we were able to find a connection between some of the rounds that we collected at the scene of our shooting and connected it to these actors.”
Police say this shooting was not a targeted event.
“In our case, we think it was probably mistaken,” the police chief stated. “We don’t have any reason to believe that our victims involved in any criminal activity of any kind. We still don’t know exactly the M.O. [“modus operandi”] that night, but we venture to say their activities have been drug related.”
Both men have been charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Police plan to additionally charge them with multiple counts of Deadly Conduct.
Police are actively searching for a third suspect.