Man, 84, charged in shooting that left neighbor, 80, dead

Santiago Vasquez. (Jail photo)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Santiago Vasquez, 84, was jailed Thursday charged with murder after a shooting Tuesday afternoon in a neighborhood near a Killeen high school that left an 80-year-old man dead.

His bond is set at $1 million.

The shooting that claimed the life of John Wesley Seth, Jr., of Killeen was the result of a dispute that had simmered for years, police said.

Seth was pronounced dead just before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

An autopsy was ordered.

The shooting was reported at around 3:10 p.m. Tuesday in the 600 block of Bream Circle off Fishpond Lane near Ellison High School.

“At the time of the incident, the two began a verbal altercation which became physical,” police spokeswoman Ofelia Miramontez said.

“During the physical altercation, the suspect assaulted the victim with his cane and at some point discharged a firearm at the victim,” she said.

A witness told an investigator that Vasquez knocked Seth to the ground when he struck him twice with his cane and then, after Seth got up, shot him three times, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Officers found Seth’s body in the street on Fishpond.

Vasquez was arrested at the scene.

A preliminary autopsy report shows that Seth died of gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen.