Relative of Holiday Inn Shooting Victims Speaks To Pro8News
The 6-year-old injured in Tuesday's tragic shooting at a local hotel continues fighting for his life in a San Antonio hospital.
His one year-old brother and mother are now dead.
The man that brought him to Laredo has now been arrested.
Our Annette Garcia has the latest details as the investigation continues into the holiday inn shooting.
“The injuries were extensive on both children. Even the most seasoned officers were disturbed by the incident itself.”
Officers saddened at what they found behind the door of room 1408 of the holiday inn civic center.
A one-year-old child now identified as baby Devian Bluntson, was already dead from a gunshot wound.
His older brother, 6-year-old Jayden Thompson barely alive.
Officers say the gunman, 36-year-old Demond Bluntson, had barricaded himself inside the room using a desk to block the door.
After he allegedly shot the two children, police say he shot at the officers through the door.
That door, along with the car Bluntson used to get to Laredo from El Campo, Texas and numerous other items are now at the Laredo Police Department logged in as evidence.
Close friends and family of the two children say the tragedy is overwhelming.
“You see it in a TV all the time. It hits home when it happens to someone you really know.”
We spoke to Sherwin Cash by phone.
He's a cousin of the 6-year-old victim and close friend of the children's mother Brandy Cerny, who was found dead in her hometown outside Houston the same day her children were shot.
He describes Jayden as a happy young boy.
“Just like his mother always smiling upbeat person loved to play with other kids just very bright kid.”
“It’s a tight knit family very tight knit.”
Cash says he knew of the suspect's relationship with brandy.
But never imaged he would one day be facing a long list of charges, including capital murder for allegedly killing his own son.
“I knew of him you don’t look at people and think they could commit murder its was a very surprising deal when I heard it I couldn’t believe it.”
One day after the shooting police continued gathering evidence on the 14th floor. But overall its business as usual here. The restaurant open to customers. Guests coming in and out of the building.
But things will never be the same for a family from Del Campo, Texas who lost more than one loved one in the same day.
“You never wake up to think you’re going to miss your grandchildren I couldn’t imagine.”
36-year-old Demond Bluntson has been charged with one count of Capital Murder of an individual under 6 years of age, the highest charge in the state.
He also faces two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a public servant for allegedly shooting at the officers knocking on the door and one of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury for shooting the six-year-old child.
Authorities say those charges could be upgraded based on the condition of the child who survived.
There's still no clear motive known in the case.