Who is Andrew Rey Elizondo? Texas man, 23, fatally shoots pal's daughter Saryah Perez, 6, at car club meetup
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS: A 6-year-old girl was fatally shot at a car club meetup in San Antonio on Sunday night. Saryah Perez was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead.
According to KSAT, the child, Saryah Perez, who was inside the vehicle, was hit by gunfire that erupted after a fight broke out at the meetup near Southwest 24th Street and West Commerce Street. Police had arrested Andrew Elizondo, a friend of the child's mother, in the shooting by Monday.
Who is Andrew Rey Elizondo?
According to Police Chief Bill McManus, Andrew Rey Elizondo, 23, a friend of the child's mother, was arrested Monday afternoon in the Sunday night shooting. It was unclear if Elizondo had an attorney based on online jail records.
To hug a mother grieving her 6-year-old baby girl the day after Mother’s Day... The violence has to stop. pic.twitter.com/o0V0qbkGkj— Chief Bill McManus (@Chief_McManus) May 11, 2021
According to police, just before 11 pm on Sunday, Elizondo got into an argument at a car club meetup. He then fired several shots, police said. The child was shot in the chest by Elizondo in the car she was in. Perez was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead. According to police, the child's mother was also grazed in the back by a bullet, the New York Post reported. McManus said the shooting was not a case of domestic violence.
"We’ve been through this before where there have been young children killed as a result of a reckless act by an individual, in this case Mr. Elizondo, the accused, and I don’t have and I don’t know that any of us have, I don’t have words that adequately describe the atrocity that was committed here by Mr. Elizondo," SAPD Police Chief William McManus said to News4 San Antonio. "Another young life lost, another family grief-stricken by that loss and we’ll see this case through the DA’s office and eventually the courts."
“She took her last breath in my arms,” her mother Kassandra Mendoza said to FOX 29. “Stop using guns, they took my baby because of a gun, put them down.” “Come back muñeca, I need you...” she cried as McManus embraced her.
“Come back muñeca, I need you...” Saryah’s mom cries as Chief McManus embraces her. pic.twitter.com/TTIdwZK8Yl— Alejandra Guzman (@AlejandraG_TV) May 11, 2021
"I won’t forgive you Andrew," Mendoza screamed. “She loved everybody -- they took her from me.”
Elizondo is facing a capital murder charge. He was arrested at his home.