ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Four unidentified suspects wanted in connection with a shooting early Sunday morning remained at large Monday night, Odessa Police said.
Officers were called to the 1500 block of Woodlawn Drive around 5 a.m. Sunday in reference to a robbery, according to authorities, and discovered a gunshot victim had already been transported to Medical Center Hospital.
Jordan Carrasco, 18, sustained multiple gunshot wounds during the disturbance and was hospitalized in serious condition, Odessa Police spokesman Cpl. Steve LeSueur said.
Carrasco and six other people were at a Woodlawn Drive house when "four men they did not recognize showed up and pulled guns on them," according to police.
The four suspects - all described as black males, approximately 25 years old, with bandanas covering their faces - demanded their property, prompting the seven victims to surrender cash and cell phones, authorities said.
"Always comply when you're being threatened for money or possessions," advised LeSueur. "Nothing is worth risking your life... But in this case, the suspects began shooting anyway."
The four men were last seen fleeing southbound down Woodlawn Drive, he said.
Joel Jackson, a longtime Woodlawn resident, said he heard the gunshots but initially mistook them for firecrackers.
"Some young kids were out there playing," he recalled. "We thought they were just popping fireworks."
Jackson said he "didn't know what to think" when he later saw crime tape blocking his street and learned about the ongoing investigation.
"This [kind of violence in our neighborhood] is a new thing," he said. "I've lived here for 35 years. It's never happened like this. We've seen car wrecks and people running stop signs but never [any incident] like this."
Police confirmed they are investigating possible links between the Sunday morning robbery and prior disturbances.
"In the last few weeks, we have responded to several robberies with similar suspect descriptions," said LeSueur. "It's unknown if it is the same suspects, but it is very possible."
Anybody with information is urged to contact Odessa CrimeStoppers at (432) 333-TIPS.