Man arrested after 50 shots fired at Pflugerville apartment complex
The Pflugerville Police Department (PPD) has arrested a man who fired up to 50 shots Wednesday night in an apartment complex. PPD says a 31-year-old man is in custody and criminal charges are pending.
Residents of the Highlands Luxury Apartments say it was a terror-filled night as they listened to shot after shot go off outside their apartments at 1501 S. Heatherwilde Boulevard.
25 people were evacuated from the complex, but some were so close to the gunman all they could do was wait it out. Julie Glidewell says the gunfire sounded like firecrackers and was non-stop.
"We heard pow, pow, pow," said Glidewell.
The gunfire was closer than she thought.
"I actually went to the door. I was actually going to look out. I don't know what I was thinking and that's when another shot came though right above my head," said Glidewell.
She says another bullet that came through the wall grazed her nephew's foot. They were hiding in the bathroom, worried the gunman might break down their apartment door.
"There's holes in my door and in my wall. I think one even hit my TV," said Glidewell. "Shot gun shells… they were all over the place."
Pflugerville police say they did not fire any shots. They estimate that more than 50 shots were fired from within the apartment, with bullets traveling through the walls into several adjacent apartments and the exterior of the building. Several firearms were located in the residence with both spent and live ammunition.
"When officers arrived shots were still being fired," said Lt. Chet Vronka with the Pflugerville Police Department (PPD). "A brief SWAT standoff occurred."
Glidewell says she and her nephew were forced to hole up in their apartment for almost three hours after she called 911.
"I called at 11:11 p.m. but by the time they were able to get us it was 2 a.m.," said Glidewell. "When you're in that situation, you're just like where are you? I need you now."
Despite the agonizing wait, residents of the Highlands Luxury Apartments say they're relieved Pflugerville police have made an arrest and that no residents were seriously hurt.
"It was very scary. I've never been in that kind of situation before in my life," said Glidewell.
Glidewell says she has seen the suspected gunman in passing, but didn't know him.
PPD says the suspect fell out of an apartment window. He was then arrested by officers and transported to a local hospital. PPD says he is being treated for self-inflicted injuries that are not life threatening.