Man arrested after crash, shooting leads to search of Cameron Park Zoo

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A reported crash in North Waco Tuesday afternoon ended in gunfire and a search of Cameron Park Zoo.

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Sgt. Patrick Swanton said they were called to the area of 4th and Garland for a crash around 5 p.m. and as officers were responding an On-Star dispatcher relayed information that a shooting was also taking place.

The situation also culminated in the two suspect’s vehicles crashing into a third car that was not involved.

Officers were able to determine two men were involved in the gunfire and ran away.

During the manhunt, officers including the department’s K-9 Unit, searched the area and Cameron Park Zoo.

Manuel Lopez, Sr., whose brother-in-law who works at the zoo, says he confronted some of the suspects after he saw one running through his mother-in-law's yard across the street.

"When I ran in the guy was hiding behind the fence and on the side of my mother-in-law's storage areas, he was hiding right there, he had a gun on his side, when I hollered at him he jumped the fence and then him and two other suspects met in an alleyway and took off running further," said Lopez.

"I spooked 'em, I just told him to hurry up and get out, that he was trespassing, but then once I saw the gun I ran away because I didn't want to get shot."

Lopez said it was a scary situation.

"More scared because we have kids on that block, this just doesn't happen that much over here," said Lopez.

Police were able to arrest Harry Andrew Casiano Jr., 32, and charged him with unlawfully carrying a weapon, resisting arrest and traffic warrants.

He was picked up near 5th and Brock streets and was still carrying a 9 mm pistol.

Swanton said investigators also believe that Casiano and the other suspect were involved in a shooting on June 11 near 15th and Maple streets.

Police have identified the second suspect, but are not releasing his name until he is arrested, Swanton said.