TRAVIS COUNTY - Travis County Sheriff’s Office is now investigating an animal cruelty investigation after a baby lamb was found shot dead in an area where residents fear a so-called “night shooter.”
”The kids are traumatized,” said Jason Uddin.
Uddin says it’s not uncommon to hear gunshots near his rural home around Hog Eye Road and Hibbs Lane in East Travis County, but what is uncommon is what his kids discovered on his property this morning.
“They called me and said, ‘Hey dad, the baby lamb has been shot,’” he said.
Uddin said deputies confirmed to him the baby lamb was shot in the head.
The Travis County Sheriff’s office told us in addition to responding to multiple deadly conduct calls over the past several months in the area, including one this week where a bullet went through several rooms of a home – deputies are now investigating an animal cruelty case.
“Right now, it’s my baby lamb. What if it’s a human? What if it’s one of my own kids?” said Uddin.
On Thursday, Laura Garcia showed us the bullet hole in her car door that narrowly missed her daughter in a car seat. The family was driving after dark when the bullet came through the window.
“So many things went through my mind. It would have been the last day I saw my daughter,” said Garcia.
Several residents tell us the shooting that lead to the dead animal could possibly be retaliation after speaking out against what some have called a “night shooter” in their community.
”He needs to be caught in the act,” said Uddin.
In addition to adding patrols to the area, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office told us there’s an extensive investigation into trajectory for the bullets found in some homes and cars.
Investigators are looking into how far the bullets traveled, if it was a direct hit or a ricochet, the caliber of the bullet, the gun type and connecting the bullets to a shooter or shooters.
On Friday, TCSO emphasized there needs to be sufficient evidence before an arrest warrant can be made.
”I just want to put an end to it and let the law do it’s job, but don’t take their time because it may end up something that’s not able to come back,” said Uddin.