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Feud between neighbors devolves into gunfire, SAPD says

The victim is battling their injuries at a hospital. No one has been arrested as of yet.

SAN ANTONIO — An apparent argument between west-side neighbors devolved into violence Thursday afternoon when one of them opened fire on the other, hitting the victim twice in the chest, according to SAPD officials.

A sergeant with the department told KENS 5 a resident along the 2500 block of Ruiz Street had "an ongoing issue" with a neighbor and confronted him again Thursday, this time allegedly bringing a knife. 

SAPD says the victim, identified by family as 39-year-old Jorge Alfredo Holguin, "lunged" at the homeowner, at which point the neighbor shot at him with a pistol.

Credit: Juanita Villarreal
39-year-old Jorge Alfredo Holguin

Holguin's family paints a different picture of what happened.

Juanita Villarreal, Holguin's sister, denies the ongoing feud. 

"My brother didn't have any confrontation with anybody," said Villarreal. "He wouldn't get into anybody's business."

Another family member told KENS 5 off-camera that he witnessed Holguin walking down the street when the neighbor first shot him. Relatives also dispute police reports that Holguin had a weapon at all. 

"He got shot in his face. The other went through his back," said Villarreal. "When he was running over [to his house across the street], [the neighbor] shot him again."

The victim has been hospitalized at a local facility. Thursday afternoon, SAPD said Holguin was critically hurt, but was stable in the hospital. Thursday evening, family members told KENS 5 Holguin was in the ICU with five gunshot wounds.

The investigation remains ongoing, and no charges have been announced as of late Thursday afternoon. SAPD says the homeowner who opened fire "is cooperating" with police. 

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