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CCPD issues warrants for the arrest of convenience store shooting suspects

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Posted at 5:20 PM, Sep 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-24 14:36:13-04

UPDATE 9-24:
The Corpus Christi Police Department has issued warrants for the arrest of 29-year-old Terry Stafford for murder and Mercedes Martinez for failure to report a felony and hindering apprehension.

Their warrants are in response to a shooting that occurred on Monday, September 20 leaving one man dead.

Stafford is described as 6′ 05″, weighs about 250 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. Martinez is 5’ 00”, weighs about 115 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes.

The two people CCPD was previously looking for as persons of interest were identified, and the vehicle that was used during the commission of this homicide has also been located and impounded.

If you have any information about this murder or the whereabouts of Stafford and/or Martinez, call Corpus Christi Police Robbery & Homicide Detectives at (361) 886-2840.


Corpus Christi police say they are looking for a vehicle and two people of interest in a shooting that left a 44-year-old man dead.

The shooting happened at business near the intersection of Horne Road and Ayers Street just after 4:40 p.m. Monday.

Police said a 44-year-old man was transported to the hospital in serious condition. The gunshot wound victim later died at the hospital.

Senior Officer Gena Pena, with the Corpus Christi police department, said, "As of right now there is no one in custody."

Investigators later release surveillance pictures Monday night of two females who police say are "persons of interest" in their investigation.

Detectives also added investigators also need to identify a third person that was in the suspect vehicle.

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The suspect vehicle is described as an older model, black in color Chevrolet Suburban, with paper tags.

If you know the persons of interest, you're asked to call police.