Randall Perkins

NEW BRAUNFELS — A recent Smithson Valley High School graduate died early Saturday after being shot during a fight at a house party a couple off miles off the University of Texas at San Antonio main campus, authorities said Monday.

Randall Perkins, 20, of San Antonio, died about 3:25 a.m. Saturday at University Hospital in San Antonio, according to a preliminary report released by San Antonio Police Department. Also shot and sent to University Hospital was Paul Benavides, 24, who lived at the address where the shooting occurred, the report stated.

According to the police report, officers responded about 2:20 a.m. to 6515 W. Hausman Road. An officer found Perkins on the ground in a rear parking lot with a male and a female kneeling on either side of him, police said. Perkins had been shot and the two people tried to help him, police said. Emergency Medical Services personnel treated Perkins before rushing him to the hospital, police said.

They said a witness told police he saw the shooting. The witness said he and roommates were having a party at the address when a large fight broke out, according to the police report.

The witness reported seeing a black male wearing a white tank top stand in the middle of the parking area, pull a gun from his waistband and shoot toward a crowd. The witness recalled seeing Perkins fall to the ground and the suspect run away, police said.

They said the witness believed the suspect returned to the scene during an ensuing commotion and sped away in a vehicle.

Benavides approached officers and said he also had been shot, the report stated. An EMS crew treated him and took him to the hospital, the report states, adding Benavides couldn’t describe his shooter beyond his suspicion that it was a black male.

Perkins graduated from Smithson Valley High School in 2010, said Julie Jerome, communications coordinator for Comal ISD. She said he played football and was a member of the school’s journalism club.

“Our hearts go out to the family. It’s a loss for the Smithson Valley family,” Jerome said. “Counselors are on high alert for students and staff who might need a little help with this grief.”

Christi Fish, UTSA associate director of media relations, said Perkins was not a UTSA student, but Benavides is. Benavides had been released from the hospital by Monday afternoon, Fish said.

She said the location of the shooting is Aspen Heights, an apartment complex about a mile and a half off campus. UTSA does not manage the property, Fish said.

The UTSA Police Department is assisting SAPD in its investigation, said Steve Barrera, UTSAPD chief. UTSA always looks out for its students, Barrera said.

“We’re still interviewing witnesses with SAPD trying to determine a suspect and looking for leads in this case,” he said. “We’re assisting because at that apartment complex there are students who live there. Despite it being off campus, we are concerned for their safety.”

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MCKENZIE

Our family is so very sad for this horrible tragedy.

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