Teen shot woman in back in Austin drug deal gone bad, police say


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Austin police have charged 17-year-old Mister ‘Edward’ Santana Hernandezin the Southeast Austin shooting.

The woman, who Austin-Travis County EMS said was in her 20s, was shot in her spinal chord.

Austin police have charged a 17-year-old in connection with a Southeast Austin shooting last week that left a woman possibly permanently injured after she was shot in the back, according to an arrest affidavit.

Police say Mister “Edward” Santana Hernandez shot the woman in a drug deal gone bad Thursday at an apartment complex parking lot in the 2200 block of Burton Drive near East Oltorf Street.

A bullet struck the woman — who Austin-Travis County EMS described as in her 20s — and hit her spinal chord. The injury could have permanent life-altering consequences, police said.

The victim, who police declined to identify, picked out Hernandez from a photo lineup while in her hospital bed in the intensive care unit at Dell Seton Medical Center, the affidavit said.

According to the woman and what Hernandez told police after he was arrested, the woman wanted to buy $50 of marijuana from Hernandez. They set up a meeting at the apartment complex where Hernandez waited in his girlfriend’s car, the affidavit said.

Hernandez took the woman’s money but refused to give her marijuana, she told police. Hernandez said she reached into the car and grabbed marijuana. As she walked away, he pointed a handgun at her back, called out to her and then fired, Hernandez told police.

Hernandez then drove to Lakeshore Boulevard, where he took the handgun apart and threw it into Lady Bird Lake, the affidavit said. He also had sent the victim messages over Facebook stating, “If you snitch, I will kill you,” the document said.

Hernandez was in the Travis County Jail on Sunday on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with bail set at $200,000.



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