Victims of Drive-By Shootings in Odessa Speak Out

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Chaos across Odessa. Officers and residents were put on high alert this past weekend after a series of drive-by shootings.

Now two people are in custody in connection with one of those shootings, and one of the gunshot victims and others are speaking out.

It was a very scary situation for everyone in Odessa on Saturday night.

People are just glad that police have suspects in custody, especially the ones who got caught in the crossfire. They're giving us their accounts of what went down on Saturday night.

"I felt the shot right away so I called OPD and I told them "Hey they're shooting at my house and I have just been shot," Odessa resident, Linda Zepeda, said.

It was sheer panic for Zepeda on Saturday night. She was one of two gunshot victims in a spree of drive-by shootings across Odessa.

It all started at a house in the 300 block of McKnight and ended in the 1800 block of North Lincoln.

Police responded to 32 shots fired calls on Saturday night alone. Five of those have been confirmed shootings.

Linda Zepeda was sitting in her living room when bullets came through the side of the house through the TV and then the wall.

"One of them hit my shoulder so I went to the kitchen to sit and I said 'Oh there's a window there' so I came back to the living room and I got on the floor," Zepeda said.

Zepeda said her mind was racing.

"Oh gosh I hope they don't hit my head or they don't hit my heart, you know, a lot of stuff, it's scary," she said.

Pete McGarity owns Headlines Barber Shop. He was shocked when he got the call. He said one of his employees was inside at the time.

"My first reaction was like why the shop? Why my barber shop because we don't have any problems with anybody here in Odessa," McGarity said.

Four bullets flew through the glass at the shop. One even went through the wall and into the breakroom.

"I'm just glad nobody got seriously hurt because somebody could've easily got killed," McGarity said.

Of those five shootings, police have arrested a juvenile and 21-year-old Justin Brian Mireles in connection with one of them.

McGarity said Mireles has a familiar face.

"I wanna say he's been in here before to get a haircut," he said. "I've seen him somewhere before but I just cant pinpoint where."

Zepeda claims her son told her he was attacked by Mireles earlier Saturday night. However, she said she doesn't know him.

"I don't think anyone else would try to hurt me because I'm the innocent victim," Zepeda said.

Zepeda and the other victim were both released from the hospital. The bullet is still in her arm.

She along with McGarity are just glad no one was seriously hurt.

"I'm very grateful I'm alive," Zepeda said.

"This is a family-oriented business and we're gonna continue to conduct business as usual," McGarity said.

Mireles is being held on a $100,000 bond at the Ector County Detention Center. Police have only connected him and the juvenile to the shooting on East Everglade, however, they believe the other shootings could be related.