A shooting in downtown San Marcos this weekend bloodied Zachary Hinojosa’s ear and blazed a trail through his hair. But the San Marcos resident escaped without major physical injury. COURTESY PHOTO
A confrontation that began outside the Stratosphere Lounge, 235 N. LBJ Drive, escalated into an shooting Saturday night that could have easily left 18-year-old Zachary Hinojosa dead. It seems fair to speculate that it almost did.
A bullet grazed the 2012 San Marcos High School graduate’s head, nicking his right ear and shaving a visible path through his hair but leaving him otherwise unscathed. As close calls go, they don’t get much closer.
“When I woke up [the next morning],” Hinojosa told the San Marcos Mercury on Monday. “I was honestly just happy. Just so happy to be alive.”
Police on Sunday arrested 24-year-old Martin Avila III at his home in San Antonio. He is charged with attempted murder for allegedly twice firing a .40-calibre pistol at Hinojosa and attempted capital murder for allegedly trying to back his car over a San Marcos police officer while fleeing the scene.
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