NEW BRAUNFELS — Comal County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating an altercation that left a 30-year-old man hospitalized Tuesday night with several gunshot wounds he received in an apartment complex parking lot, a sheriff’s office spokesman said.

CCSO Capt. Tommy Ward said emergency medical technicians from the New Braunfels Fire Department stabilized the man before a medical helicopter crew flew him to University Hospital in San Antonio. Ward said Wednesday evening that he was unsure of the man’s condition.

But, Ward said, the victim wasn’t hurt badly enough to prevent him from speaking to investigators Tuesday night.

“He communicated with us at one point in time,” Ward said. “We were able to communicate with the guy before he was treated by doctors.”

He said the shooting happened about 10 p.m. or 10:15 p.m. in the parking lot of the Urban Estates in the 4700 block of Farm-to-Market Road 482. That’s where someone shot the man several times before a friend rushed the wounded victim away in a car, Ward said.

He said no one else was hurt.

Ward would not identify the victim’s friend or even say whether it was a male or a female. He said the friend is a witness and investigators are talking to other witnesses to find out who pulled the trigger and why.

“We’re still looking into all of that,” Ward said. “It’s under investigation.”

He said the friend drove the victim to a nearby gas station where they sought medical attention.

New Braunfels Police Department officers went to the gas station in the 4300 block of I-35 South for a report of a gunshot victim, NBPD Capt. John McDonald said. Officers found the victim with multiple gunshot wounds.

“We were dispatched for a possible shooting,” he said. “The gunshot victim showed up at the Tote Exxon, 4340

I-35 S.”

A quick preliminary investigation revealed that the shooting happened in the county, CCSO’s jurisdiction, so NBPD officers turned over the investigation, McDonald said.

Ward said he is optimistic about the investigation.

“I’m hoping we’ll have something soon,” he said.

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