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Jun 28, 2013 6:54 PM by Morgan Frances - MFrances@kristv.com

Orange Grove Chase Ends With Attempted Capital Murder Charges

ORANGE GROVE - The scene this morning at the apartments on Herschap Street in Orange Grove was a complete change from the way it looked last night. Aubry Lozano who lives at the complex woke up this morning just happy to be alive.

"If he was going to go to jail he was going to go to jail for a reason is what he said," Lozano recalled.

She said something snapped in her former friend, Preston Wright; the night started at his house, when he called his fiance.

"He calls Bailey and says, 'I want you to hear this,' shoots the gun up into the air and acted like he fell on the ground," Lozano said.

Wright's friends called the police, knowing he didn't commit suicide but that he was definitely plotting something. The Jim Wells County Sheriff says Wright, who at some point hit a deer and threw it in the back of his truck, started shooting at officers when they arrived at his home.

He missed the officers but hit a patrol unit's tire. He then drove off, also taking shots at the driver of an 18-wheeler on his way. The driver of the 18-wheeler had bullet fragments in his head but will, otherwise, be OK.

Lozano says she and her friends were hanging out on a porch at the apartment complex when they heard Wright's truck barreling down the street; that's when, she said, they knew that they had to move, and quick. Lozano says Wright drove his truck into the apartment's parking lot and aimed it straight at the area they were just standing.

"If we wouldn't have ran this way or at least inside to the back of her apartment, we would have been dead," she said.

Wright slammed into an SUV; a short while later, police put him in handcuffs. Police charged him with two counts of attempted capital murder, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and evading arrest.

"He could have killed all of us," Lozano said.

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