Johnathan Sanchez, 25, was arrested early Sunday morning for shooting and killing three people and seriously injuring two others. He will be charged with capital murder by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Sanchez was nabbed in east Harris County, not far from where the shootings occurred.
The three dead victims have been identified as Yosselyn Alfaro, 21, Veronica Hernandez, 17, and Daniel Munoz, also 17. All three were shot many times and died on the scene.
The two injured victims have not yet been identified, but they are an 18-year-old woman and a man in his 20s. One survivor, however, is reportedly on life support.
The shootings occurred around 4:30 p.m. Nov. 20, in an apartment building at the 8200 block of Sunbury in Eastern Commons 25 miles from Houston. Sanchez reportedly opened fire at five people and then fled the scene. Evidently, all five victims were seated when they were shot in the head.
Although a motive for the shootings has not been declared, drugs and weapons were discovered at the crime scene.
Sanchez has a history of run-ins with the law. As a juvenile, he was reportedly convicted of aggravated robbery. In 2009, he was reportedly arrested for carrying a gun with him into a business that sold alcohol.
A spate of shootings in Houston
Saturday night, a teenager, Edwin Rajo, was apparently accidentally shot and killed in a southwest Houston apartment building. The 16-year-old Rajo and a friend were reportedly handling a pistol when the gun went off and the bullet struck Rajo in the chest. He died at the scene. The shooting suspect has not been caught.
On Nov. 9, two teenagers were shot and killed at a house party in Cypress, 25 miles northwest of Houston. The two teenagers, an 18-year-old boy and 16-year-old girl, were students at Cypress Springs High School. Twenty two others were injured, some critically.
Also on Nov. 9, a man was shot and killed outside of an apartment complex in north Houston. The 25-year-old man was possibly the victim of a drive-by shooting.
Another shooting occurred Nov. 16, when a 17-year-old Yates High student was shot and killed at a house party in Southwest Houston. An altercation happened after several males showed up at the party. Three others were injured.
The night of Friday, Nov. 22, a 49-year-old man was shot at a trailer home in Liberty. He sustained a single gunshot wound for which he went to the emergency room. He is expected to survive.
On Nov. 18, a man was shot in downtown Houston while on a walkway. He was rushed to the hospital but it is not known whether he did or will survive. There are reportedly no suspects.
A female police officer in Stafford was shot in the face and chest. Luckily, she survived, and three suspects, all males in their 20s, were arrested.
By Juana Poareo