Austin police charge new suspect in Thanksgiving Day shooting

Austin police charge new suspect in Thanksgiving Day shooting
Teen charged with murder in Thanksgiving Day shooting
nAustin police have accused an 18-year-old of killing one man and wounding another in a shooting in North Austin on Thanksgiving Day.

Edgar Perez-Gamez was booked into the Travis County Jail on a murder charge Saturday in connection with the death of Samuel Charlez, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Gamez was arrested on a separate charge by Texarkana police for possession of a controlled substance and illegally carrying a firearm on Jan. 14. He was booked at the Travis County Jail on a $250,000 bond on Feb. 10. 

Teen charged with murder in Thanksgiving Day shooting

Charlez was one of two men who were shot in a parking garage at 9616 N. Lamar Blvd. on Nov. 23.

Witnesses told police that they were hanging out in the garage with a group when a blue SUV drove up around 11:40 p.m.

As Charlez and the other victim approached the SUV, the driver opened fire. Friends rushed both of the men to a hospital after the shooting. Charlez, who was critically injured, was later flown to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, where he died from his wounds on Dec. 6.

Edgar Perez-Gamez is accused of shooting two people in the 9616 block of North Lamar Boulevard on Nov. 23, 2017, around 11:39 p.m. According to the affidavit, Gamez claims he shot Charlez in self-defense.

Austin police initially pinned the killing on 32-year-old Hector Guajardo-Garcia, who was arrested on Nov. 30 on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Homicide investigators got involved after Charlez died and uncovered additional information that led them to clear Guajardo-Garcia of the charges, and instead look into Perez-Gamez.

The man with Charlez was shot in the arm, but survived. Charlez later died at the hospital on Dec. 6 after being rushed into emergency surgery. His death was ruled a homicide by gunshot wounds.

The report says Perez-Gamez was on probation for aggravated robbery, and had been arrested several times before for robbery, assault, possession of a controlled substance and evading arrest.

One of the witnesses said moments later she heard three to four gunshots. Charlez then returned to his friends, clutching his stomach and saying that he had been shot.

A man attempted to have two children walking near Anderson Mill Baptist Church on Monday morning get into his car, according to Round Rock school officials.

Grisham Middle School Principal Paige Hadziselimovic said in the email that a student alerted her of the incident Monday. The middle school student and their sibling safely avoided the situation and immediately reported it to an adult, the principal said.

AUSTIN, Texas – An 18-year-old is in custody, charged with murder for the death of Samuel Charlez on Thanksgiving Day in 2017.

Austin police monitored the area throughout the day and searched for the man, Hadziselimovic said. It was unknown whether they found him Monday.

At the time of the shooting, Gamez was already on probation for aggravated robbery and has a long list of arrests for assaults.

Grisham Middle School is located off Lake Creek Parkway west of U.S. 183.

Surveillance video form a nearby restaurant helped police ask the media and the public to identify the shooter.

Austin police are seeking the public’s help to identify a man they say assaulted a clerk with a handgun Saturday and robbed a Southeast Austin gas station convenience store.

Officers responded to the reported robbery at a Chevron gas station around 9:55 p.m. on East Ben White Boulevard, just east of Interstate 35, police said.

Police were told a man entered the store and assaulted the clerk with a handgun before stealing an undisclosed amount of cash. The man was last seen on Catalina Drive, getting into a white 2000s-model Ford Crown Victoria with black wheels, police said.

Police are asking for Anyone who can identify this man is eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if the tip is the first one to lead to his arrest. Call Crime Stoppers at 512-472-8477 to leave an anonymous tip.

AUSTIN, Texas – Austin Police have a suspect in custody in connection to a Thanksgiving Day shooting that left one man dead.

The mother of the victim says someone brought forth information just hours after our story aired two weeks ago.

The arrest of Edgar Perez-Gamez brings tears of relief to the mother of Samuel Charlez, Jr. The 23-year-old man murdered Thanksgiving night. 

"I cried, I cried because I know they have the right person," says Lisa Charlez, mother of Samuel Charlez, Jr.    

Surveillance video shows the parking lot off North Lamar near Rundberg Lane, where the shooting happened. A lot has gone on over the past two and a half months. Austin Police initially arrested a suspect who was identified during a photo lineup by a second victim.

He was wrongly identified and charges were later dropped. Charlez Jr.'s mother says it's been extremely hard for the family, especially for her son's three-year-old daughter. 

"Aliyah cries at night for her dad, wanting to see him, wanting to talk to him. It's hard to hear a child fight for a parent who is not here anymore," says Lisa Charlez. 

APD announced their renewed search efforts January 30th. The next day Charlez, Jr.'s mother reached out to FOX 7 hoping her words would prompt someone to come forward. Shortly after, that's what happened.  

"That night after it aired, maybe two hours later, we got some information of who did it," says Lisa Charlez. 

This past Saturday Perez-Gamez was arrested. According to court documents, a witness says he admitted to shooting Charlez Jr. in self defense. But, police argue that he never tried to report the incident. Perez-Gamez has an extensive criminal history and is currently on probation for aggravated robbery.

"I would like for him to have life in prison only because my son didn't get to live his life," says Lisa Charlez.  

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