Police: Teen shot woman in the back in SE Austin drug deal gone bad

4:06 p.m Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 Local
Austin Police Department. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Austin police have charged a 17-year-old in a Southeast Austin shooting that left a woman possibly permanently injured after she was shot in the back.

Police say Mister “Edward” Hernandez shot the unidentified 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, according to an arrest affidavit. A bullet struck the woman, hitting her spinal chord in an injury that police said could have permanent life-altering consequences.

The victim, who Austin-Travis County EMS said was in her 20s, identified Hernandez as the man who shot her, police said. She chose him 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 had intended to buy $50 of marijuana from Hernandez. They set up a meeting at the apartment complex where Hernandez waited in a car belonging to his girlfriend, the affidavit said.

Hernandez took her money but refused to give her marijuana, the woman 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 Drive, where he took the handgun apart and threw it into Lady Bird Lake, the affidavit said.

Hernandez also had sent the victim messages over Facebook stating, “If you snitch, I will kill you,” the affidavit said.

Hernandez was in the Travis County Jail Saturday being held on $200,000 bail on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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