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Incident at 7715 Harrisburg

April 24, 2006 -- A suspect has been arrested and charged in the fatal shooting of one man and wounding of two other persons at 7715 Harrisburg about 7:55 a.m. on Sunday (Apr. 23).

The suspect, identified as Esteban Garza (H/m, DOB 9-2-55), has confessed to his role in the shooting and is charged with murder and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 338th State District Court. He is accused in the killing of Fernando A. Gutierrez, 43, of 7633 Glen Manor, and wounding of Nancy Cevallos, 41, and her son, Raymond Cevallos, 26. Mr. Gutierrez suffered a gunshot wound to the back and died at the scene. Ms. Cevallos was shot in the left hand and Mr. Cevallos suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the back, chest and leg. The Cevallos' were transported to Ben Taub General Hospital where doctors said they are expected to recover from their injuries.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J.W. Belk and Officer M.J. Miller reported:

The victims and suspect were in the restaurant at 7715 Harrisburg when an argument began and escalated when the suspect shoved another patron to the ground. The suspect was forced out of the restaurant through a glass front door, which shattered. The suspect had words with the Cevallos' and then pulled a .40-caliber pistol and began shooting toward the restaurant. The Cevallos' were shot as they ran back into the restaurant. The suspect followed them back inside and continued shooting, firing about 13 more times until his gun emptied. Gutierrez was shot while inside the restaurant and Mr. Cevallos received several more gunshot wounds.

The suspect fled and was later arrested at his residence.

JFC/MES 4-24-06
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