ODESSA, Texas — Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis held a press conference Monday morning to identify Juan "Juanito" Rosalez, 31, and Jesus Alvarado, 52, as the two victims of a string of shootings.
The shootings happened in Ector County from Tuesday, Sept. 24 through Thursday, Sept. 26.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Alvarado was shot Tuesday afternoon then drove himself to the Pilot truck stop at Meteor Crater Road.
Rosalez was shot Thursday night while parked along Business 20.
Rosalez died as a result of his injuries. Alvarado was taken to the hospital but was released Friday.
NewsWest 9 spoke with Heidi Villalba, a cousin of Juanito Rosalez.
According to Villalba, Juanito’s truck broke down on Business 20 in Odessa Thursday, Sept. 26.
While he was waiting for help on the side of the road, the suspected shooter shot and killed him.
Villalba explained Rosalez was in town visiting his brother, hoping to find a job as a mechanic and new opportunity for his family in the Permian Basin.
Authorities have one person in custody but have not released their identity, and have not confirmed the victim's names.
The Ector County Sheriff's Office is expected to provide more information on the victims and the suspect in a press conference Monday.
“It’s really sad to think somebody’s got this much hate in their heart that they want to take away somebody’s family members kids and moms and daughters,” said Sheriff Mike Griffis in a press conference Friday.
The sheriff's department has not said the shootings were linked.
The only commonality in each case is the suspect is driving a white truck. Descriptions of the shooter vary in each case.
ECSO also says different weapons have been used at each scene. All appear to be from a handgun, but of different calibers.