The San Antonio Police Department in conjunction with the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force announced the arrest of 18-year-old Cody Gann and 19-year-old Jasmine Cary in connection with the shooting death of 10-year-old Delilah Hernandez on Thanksgiving morning.
Gann has been charged with murder while Cary was arrested on a felony charge of evading. He is being held on a $250,000 bond. Her charge is not related to the murder.
An arrest warrant said Gann sought revenge on Hernandez's older brother for a series of drive-by shootings. According to police, the two were gang rivals. Both dated Cary.
Investigators say Hernandez was killed in a spray of gunfire from a high powered rifle in the 100 block of Harwood. Officers were directed to a back bedroom where the 10-year-old tried to overcome a gunshot wound to the chest. She died at University Hospital less than 40 minutes after being shot.
The arrest document said police saw bullet strikes across the front of the one story home and deep craters in the concrete steps from a high powered weapon.
The investigation turned up surveillance video from the neighborhood. Video, according to police, showing the suspect's vehicle passing by the home at the time of the shooting. Police could not determine how many people were in the vehicle.
From the beginning, Hernandez's brother told police Gann was the murder suspect. The arrest document said the victim's brother was in bed when the shooting occurred. He was not injured. After trying to get a glimpse of the SUV shooting at his home, he called 911 because his sister had been shot.
Police said Hernandez's brother described Cary as a brief sex partner. He also claimed she had been parked across the street from his house the night before the murder in a red Mustang. Several unknown males in a white truck were reportedly with her. Detectives were able to verify a Mustang driving by the Harwood address the night before but not its occupants.
According to the warrant, Hernandez's brother said Gann vowed payback for a drive-by shooting at the murder suspect's home. "Today's the day" is the text he claimed he got through a messaging app.
SAPD said Gann used his sister's Nissan Murano to carry out the fatal shooting. After getting a search warrant, investigators matched casing found in the SUV to the rifle casings found at the scene of the Thanksgiving morning murder.
Police have documented instances in Castle Hills and San Antonio where Hernandez's brother was accused as the drive-by suspect. A shooting in the 200 block of Agnes on Nov 22 at 4:10 a.m. may have pushed an innocent child into the crosshair of a senseless gang rivalry. The Agnes shooting happened at the home of Cary's family 24 hours prior to Hernandez's killing.
The warrant said Gann admitted to killing Hernandez on a messaging app. SAPD collected the transmission as evidence.
The SAPD homicide unit credited the arrest to help from the community providing tips that allowed them to find the suspects.