Gunman kills man in South Side house over missing car parts

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SAN ANTONIO – A 21-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder after another man was found fatally shot at his South Bexar County home earlier this week.

Xavier Arteaga was arrested on Saturday in connection with the fatal shooting of René Carlos Galan.

Bexar County MPs were called to Galan’s home on the 500 block of Hallmark Path, not far from Pleasanton Road and south of Loop 1604, on May 2 for a welfare check.

MPs contacted the appellant, a relative of Galan, who said the man apparently died from a gunshot wound. Authorities entered the house and found Galan in a recliner in the living room, with gunshot wounds to his arm and torso, according to an arrest affidavit.

Paramedics arrived at the scene moments later and declared Galan dead.

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Investigators conducted an interview with Villanueva, who was living in Galan’s house at the time of the incident and whose full name is withheld by authorities, according to the affidavit.

Villanueva told MPs he saw Arteaga and a woman, Corinna Rodriguez, come to Galan’s house on May 1 to hang out before Galan dropped them off at a Days Inn hotel near Weidner Road.

A day later, the couple returned to Galan’s home, where they smoked methamphetamine in a back room, according to an affidavit. Galan began to feel ill after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine and he was still experiencing side effects, investigators said.

Galan returned to the living room, sat in his recliner, and Villanueva told MPs he heard Arteaga and Rodriguez arguing over a black Hummer vehicle parked outside.

Moments later gunshots erupted and Villanueva told MPs he saw Arteaga open fire on Galan. He told Villanueva, “If you call the cops I’ll kill you, I know where you live,” the affidavit reads.

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Arteaga then gave Villanueva the keys to the Hummer and told him to leave the house, officials said. Arteaga and the woman drove off in a black Ford truck with the man, the affidavit states.

MPs questioned other witnesses and Arteaga, who confirmed Rodriguez had problems with his Hummer but gave it to Villanueva for repair, according to the affidavit.

Arteaga told officials that Galan offered to buy the Hummer’s tires and paid Arteaga. On May 2, after arriving at Galan’s residence, Arteaga told officials he noticed the Hummer was on blocks and additional parts had been removed instead of just the tires.

Arteaga claimed Villanueva was upset about the lack of money and shot Galan, according to the affidavit.

Based on witness testimony and Rodriguez claiming that Arteaga described to him how he shot Galan while he was inside the house, deputies concluded that Arteaga was responsible for Galan’s death.

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The medical examiner confirmed that Galan’s cause of death was due to multiple gunshot wounds and the type of death was homicide.

Arteaga is being held in the Bexar County Jail and is on bail at $ 250,000.

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