Search underway for teen's killer in northwest Houston

May 30, 2013 1:41:49 AM PDT
We're learning new details, after a teenager was shot to death right in front of his mother. The victim died just days before he was supposed to graduate from high school.

The teen was attacked on Cedar Post near Westview. The teen's classmates and friends say they're having a tough time dealing with this violent murder as police continue searching for two gunmen.

As a small memorial builds outside the complex on Cedar Post where police say Adam Sandoval was shot and killed. A few miles away, the teen's classmates and students at Spring Woods High School are having a tough time and grieving.

"Everybody was just real sad," said student Tomas Morin. "A lot of counselors were talking to a lot of the students because a lot of the students, they were attached to him."

Students say Sandoval was an 18-year-old senior, preparing for graduation this Saturday.

Police say the teen was driving a van when he dropped off his girlfriend at her apartment complex on Tuesday. His mom was in the passenger's seat when an unidentified man stopped to talk to the teen.

Police say someone waiting across the street approached the van and shot Sandoval several times. In the chaos, the teen drove the car in reverse, hit a tree, and fell over.

Student Thomas Gomez said, "He was a really well-known student around Spring Woods High School. Everyone knows him, and it's kind of shocking that he died."

Detectives say it's possible the two gunmen were waiting for the teen. They spent the day canvassing the area, interviewing witnesses and checking surveillance video from a Spring Branch school bus that was in the area when the shooting happened.

"Everyone's really shocked that this happened, because he was really outgoing with everybody," Gomez said. "It was really shocking."

Police say they could really use some leads in this case. They are asking anyone with information about Sandoval's murder to call Crime Stoppers.

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