There were gun shots on High Noon Street this morning in Del Valle. One man went to the hospital, one went to jail and another was caught in the middle.
Yellow crime scene tape was wrapped around the High Noon Grocery Store Thursday morning. But it wasn't that, or the flashing lights from patrols cars that caught the attention of Henry Ye and Sam Chanthara. It was the crack of gunfire.
"I think three shots," said Ye.
According to Ye, by the time he got to his fence he spotted a mad scramble in the parking lot.
"I don't know the shooter or whoever it is but I saw the guy ran over there and a car I've seen it around here before, make a U-turn. And took off," said Ye.
Isareal Toribio had an even closer look because he was caught in the middle of a chaotic scene between his friend and another man.
"My friend was like ‘I ought to slap you, I ought to slap you.' And he didn't say nothing. And my friend goes ‘don't act like you didn't pull out that gun on me like the last time,'" said Toribio.
Toribio told investigators that he and his friend, Fredrick Taylor had just arrived at the store and pulled up next to another car.
According to Toribio, things quickly and quite literally got out of hand. He told FOX 7 there was bad blood between Taylor and the driver who investigators would later identify as Rolando Rodriguez and charged with aggravated assault.
"My friend just slapped him, bam, I was like, Ohh, and then that guy went, Oh OK, he slips back into his car slips up his shirt like right here. He had a gun, like a 9mm. And I'm like oh. And he pulls it out and I'm thinking he is trying to scare us and he just cocks it and pow, pow he shot like five times," he said.
Toribo then said they both ran toward the back of the store. There is the possibility that Rodriguez was only shooting at the ground.
"That's what I was thinking, at first I thought he was just shooting at the ground to scare, but it ended up getting my friend in the leg," said Toribio.
Taylor was taken by ambulance to UMC Brackenridge hospital where he told investigators his side of the story and who it was that shot him.
"It could have been a lot worse, if other people had been here and there had been a crowd and it was in a different part of the county it could have been a lot worse," said what Roger Wade with the Travis Co. Sheriff's Office.
While Taylor was treated for his wound at the hospital- crime scene technicians continued to collected shell casings and other evidence from the gravel parking lot.
Not far away, Isarael Toribio tried to take it all in, calm his nerves, knowing full well that what was supposed to be a simple trip to the store to buy a pack of cigarettes was almost his last.
Bond for Rodriguez has been set at $50,000.