Police identify victim in Edinburg adult daycare shooting
EDINBURG — An elderly man shot and killed a fellow patron at an adult daycare Thursday morning, apparently in a fit of jealousy over a woman who was involved with both men.
"He said, 'If you want her you can have her,' then boom, boom, he shot him," said a man who was leaving the Dollar General next door to the Pride & Joy Adult Daycare at 304 E. Cano Street. The man said he knew the victim and the shooter, saying that they each fancied the same woman — a caregiver at the adult day care.
Police officers shot and killed the gunman after he refused to put his gun down.
Officers responded to the shooting at at 9:14 a.m. this morning, about 10 minutes after the shooting.
When officers arrived, they found an elderly man with a pistol in his hand, said Edinburg Police Chief Quirino Muñoz.
"He was still armed and refused to lay down his gun, Muñoz said. "He was coming toward the officers, they he shot him and he later died at the hospital."
Police identified the shooting victim as 78-year-old Eugenio De Los Santos of Edinburg. Police would not disclose the 76-year-old gunman's identity because they have not been able to locate his family.
Muñoz said the gunman and the victim knew each other prior to the shooting. He confirmed that investigators were working leads about the love triangle as a possible motive, but added that it would be "speculation" to definitively say jealousy was the reason for the slaying.
Vans from the adult day care center transported patrons home late Thursday morning.