Man dies 38 years after being shot; Death ruled homicide

Man dies 38 years after being shot; Death ruled homicide

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New information has come to light about a shooting that happened nearly four decades ago. Austin police say it's now being reclassified as a homicide.

On April 18, 1976, Austin police say Edward Rodriguez was shot during a disturbance at a Laundromat in the 1100 block of Airport Blvd, at the Eastland Plaza Shopping Center.

Investigators interviewed a suspect, but the charges were declined by the Travis County District Attorney's Office. That suspect died in 1995.

Rodriguez passed away in April, 2013.

The Travis County Medical Examiner linked his death back to the shooting and is now ruling the case a homicide.

"Basically, the injury resulting from the incident in 1976 was deemed to have caused this individual to dies in 2013," said ADP Officer Jermaine Kilgore.

On August 1, 1966 Charles Whitman climbed to the top of the University of Texas tower and went on a 96-minute shooting spree. Fifteen of his victims died that day.

In 2001, a man died from complications after the shooting. A bullet went through his kidney and he was on dialysis for three decades. After he succumbed to his condition, his cause of death was ruled a homicide.

By reclassifying this case, it brings the total number of 2013 homicides in the city up to 25.

Police say since both men are now gone, they will not be taking any further action on this case.

APD couldn't tell us specifics about what led the ME's office to linking Rodriguez's death to the shooting in 1976.

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