It was a horrifying night for Texas motorists who were terrorized by an illegal alien shooting at them as they drove down an 18-mile stretch of Interstate 35 early Saturday morning, near the city of Austin.
Austin police say the shooting began around 2 a.m. Saturday and ended at around 3:15 a.m. Calls to 911 came in from multiple places along I-35, stretching from south Austin at Stassney Lane up to Wells Branch Parkway.
“We have a lot of crime scenes. We have several people that were injured in this,” said Austin Police Assistant Chief Joseph Chacon on Saturday.
Late Sunday night police arrested Rolando Martinez, 25, and charged him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a 2nd-degree felony. Four people, including a 7-year-old girl, were hit. The child remained in critical condition as of Saturday evening.
One man received a gunshot wound to the back of his head, a woman had a wound on her arm and a young girl also had a head injury. The woman told police they were driving by Diamond Back Trail when they heard a pop noise.
Two minutes after that, officers responded to a Valero gas station at I-35 and East Braker Lane, where people told them a man driving a black vehicle had pointed a black, AR-style rifle at customers in the parking lot. According to the affidavit, one customer said he was in his car when Martinez approached him.
“[The witness] stated he was scared to exit his vehicle as he was afraid he was going to get shot by [Martinez],” the affidavit stated. “[The witness] stated that [Martinez] had a serious look on his face as he was holding a black assault rifle.”
Police later reviewed surveillance video at the gas station and saw Martinez also point a gun at two men in another vehicle, the affidavit stated.
Martinez went on the threaten several others, including one woman who was terrorized as she drove down the highway.
According to police: “At 3:08 a.m. a woman who was in the same area called 911 and said she was being chased by a man driving a black car. She was driving south on I-35 when the car pulled up next to her and its engine revved. When she got off at the East 51st Street exit he followed her. When she stopped at the light on Cameron Road, the driver rammed into her. To get away from the suspect, the woman said she ran the red light but he continued to follow her and that’s when he pointed a rifle at her, according to the affidavit.”
Just after that, a state trooper found an abandoned vehicle near a highway exit and saw a man run away from the scene. He discovered a gun inside the car and more than a dozen loose shells scattered inside. License plate data tracked the car back to Martinez.
Martinez’s bond is set at $1 million. According to Travis County Jail records, he has an Immigration and Naturalization Service detainer on him.