Family of Bastrop shooting victim says shooter planned attack

Family of Bastrop shooting victim says shooter planned attack (KEYE TV)

A memorial outside the Bastrop apartment complex where four people were killed on Saturday has grown.

Sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning, Veronica put a superhero teddy bear and flowers in the grass outside the apartment building where Alejandro Martinez, 20, Erica Rodriguez, 21, Paula Nino, 20, and a three-year-old boy were killed around 6:15 on Saturday night.

Veronica is Paula Nino's sister.

"What ever happened, I know she doesn't deserve it. Erica didn't deserve it... Thank god my niece is okay," said Veronica.

Veronica said she still doesn't know exactly what happened the night her sister was killed and her niece was rushed to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. She believes Alejandro Martinez shot and killed the mother of his child, Erica Rodriguez and his three year old son before taking his own life. She said Paula's two year old daughter were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"I think maybe she was trying to intervene," said Veronica.

Paula's nearly three-year-old daughter was rushed to the hospital the night of the shooting after a bullet grazed her arm. She was release from the hospital and is recovering at home.

"She's already told us a couple of things like 'Alex shot me, Erica got shot.' She saw what happened," said Veronica.

Veronica said Alejandro planned the attack. "My sister said he has always acted crazy," said Veronica about Alejandro.

The Bastrop Police Department didn't release any further information on Monday. The night of the incident, they reported "the shooter was among the dead."

GoFundMe accounts have been started for Paula Nino and Erica Rodriguez and her son.

A story about Paula Nino was shared on the Facebook page of 'Wee Care Learning Center.' Employees there said a bank account for funeral expenses will be set up at First National Bank in Bastrop in the coming days.

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