Residents take action after Southwest Austin homicide

Residents take action after Southwest Austin homicide

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Residents in the neighborhood where a fatal shooting happened yesterday are speaking out.
They are planning to form a watch group as police continue to search for the suspects.

After hearing a loud bang, Max Heilveil knew something just wasn't right.
"I came out to the driveway, looked around and saw a green Cadillac with four doors. Two black men, possibly somebody in the backseat, pulled out of our next door neighbor's driveway," says Max Heilveil, resident. 
That's when he checked on his neighbors to make sure they were alright.
It was around 5:30 Saturday evening when police first received a call regarding shots fired.
They responded to the 5600 block of Porsche Lane, finding a Hispanic male with gunshot wounds inside.
He was taken to the hospital where he later died.
"We don't really think it was a random act. It seemed to be targeted or some personal issue going on," says Max Heilveil, resident. 
Even all the way down the street, many residents say they could hear the gunshots and saw the vehicle speed away.
One neighbor who wishes to remain anonymous called police after what he saw right outside his window, "seemed to be a couple of guys jumping in the car. They seemed in a hurry, didn't seem to be able to agree who was going to sit where but they definitely looked panicked."
This comes as a shock to many, who never thought something like this would happen just a few homes away.
"I'm kind of surprised. I mean, this is a good neighborhood. We've been here four years and never had any kind of problem with crime," says Max Heilveil, resident. 
That's up until recently, when several residents say they had their cars broken into in December.
Now after Saturday, they're taking action into their own hands hoping to prevent anything else from happening.
"We already started talking about setting up a neighborhood watch and I'll probably be setting up security cameras," says Max Heilveil, resident. 

Descriptions of both suspect vehicles are now being released by police:   
The first is a four-door dark colored sedan.
The second is a mid-to-late 90s green Cadillac, possibly a deville.
If you have any information you're urged to call Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588.
This is the first homicide of 20-14.


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