SAN ANTONIO — A man is dead and another is recovering in the hospital after police say they were shot while trying to steal an SUV from outside a home in an affluent neighborhood.
San Antonio police said the shooter, who was visiting family at a home in the 600 block of Lightstone Drive in Stone Oak, heard the men breaking into his Toyota 4Runner around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The 25-year-old man stepped outside with a gun, confronted the men who were rifling through his vehicle and opened fire, according to a police report.
He later told police that he thought one of the men also had a gun.
Neighbors reported hearing five to eight gunshots, although the number of gunshots was taken out of the police report.
Officers said the shooter is not expected to face any charges since he was protecting his property.
One of the suspects, who was standing by the getaway car, drove off after getting shot but crashed into a parked car about a block away. He then rolled out into the lawn.
A homeowner near the crash said he went outside and tried to get the wounded man’s name, but all the man could say was “I feel like I’m dying.”
Officers and emergency responders tried to revive the 32-year-old man but could not.
The other man was taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center.
Later Tuesday morning, a neighbor condoned the actions that were taken to stop the suspected thieves.
“I fully agree with it. I spent 30 years in military; I’m familiar with firearms,” said David Oliver. “I think they have a right to intervene.”