Weslaco fatality upgraded to homicide investigation

Surveillance video shows what appears to be a shooting incident in the 500 block of East Business 83 in Weslaco on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. (Screengrab)

Updated at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7.

WESLACO — What was initially reported Thursday as a fatality during a two-vehicle collision here has now turned into a full-blown homicide investigation.

Weslaco police took to its Facebook page Thursday night asking the public for help identifying individuals shown in a video, appearing to shoot at someone inside a vehicle. Although the identity of the victim killed in the incident has not yet been revealed, police confirmed Thursday that the person is a male.

The video is shown below. Warning: it’s a graphic scene and may disturb some viewers.

Shooting

Weslaco Police are asking your help in identifying the individuals or the vehicle in the video. What appears to be an aggravated robbery attempt turns in to a homicide investigation. The incident occurred on 11/7/2019 at approximately 12:00 p.m on the 500 block of east Business 83. The victim fled from the suspects and unfortunately ended up in a two-vehicle collision and perishing at the scene. Suspects left the scene in what appears to be a newer model black passanger car. Suspects are considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information regarding this crime you are asked to contact the Weslaco Police Department at(956) 968-8591, Weslaco Crime Stoppers at(956) 968-8477 or using the P3 Tips app.

Posted by Weslaco Police Department on Thursday, November 7, 2019

Authorities wrote in the social media post that the incident — of which police were called to the scene, the 500 block of East Business 83 in Weslaco, at about 12:15 p.m. Thursday — may have stemmed from an aggravated robbery attempt.

Although the incident was initially reported as a car crash, The Monitor had received multiple reports early Thursday afternoon that a shooting was involved, to which public information officer Eric Hernandez of WPD could neither “confirm or deny” at that time.

“At this point, we’re not ruling anything out,” Hernandez said Thursday afternoon. “It is currently all under investigation. Until we complete the investigation, or get a little bit more information on the investigation, I’m not going to be able to confirm or deny that at this time.”

Roads had closed in Weslaco following what authorities described then as a major collision involving two vehicles. The scene was quickly cleared, and the roads are now back open.

“The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but we do have one fatality,” Hernandez said.

Officer Hernandez said the police department has no further information to report at that this time.

Those with information regarding the crime are encouraged to contact the Weslaco Police Department at (956) 968-8591, or the Weslaco Crime Stoppers at (956) 968-8477, or use the P3 Tips app.

Editor’s note: This story was updated to include new information.