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April 4th, 2010
Police to charge Lockhart man in non-fatal shooting

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A non-fatal shooting occurred on Mill Street in San Marcos last week. Photo by Sean Batura.

By SEAN BATURA
News Reporter

A criminal case involving a non-fatal shooting of San Marcos resident Santana Hiracheta on Tuesday night is being wrapped up, as police are in the process of charging Lockhart resident Carlos Capello.

“He’s already been arrested and paid bond and been arraigned, and his charges are pending, basically,” said San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) Criminal Investigations Division Commander Chase Stapp.

Capello allegedly opened fire on Hiracheta with a .45 caliber pistol after the two 23-year-olds became embroiled in an argument. Stapp said the bullet entered Hiracheta’s arm and continued on into his torso. After being shot, Hiracheta drove himself to Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) and was later transferred to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin.

“He’s going to make it,” Stapp said. “I don’t know if he’s been released yet, but he’s going to make it. He’s going to be okay.”

Stapp said Capello’s motive for shooting Hiracheta is unclear.

“The suspect has not agreed to speak with us just yet, so I really can’t comment on that, because he hasn’t provided his version of the story,” Stapp said.

The shooting took place at about 11:20 p.m. on the 600 block of Mill Street in San Marcos, near Mill Street Town Homes, on the night of March 30. Children played on the street two days later and a neighbor said she slept through the incident.

Stapp said he can’t reveal whether Capello has a concealed carry permit or a criminal history.

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