The Oklahoma City Police Department opened its second homicide investigation in less than 48 hours and only a mile apart. Officers were called on Friday to a home near Southwest 26th Street and Blackwelder Avenue in response to a shooting victim in a driveway.
Family and friends are shocked 19-year-old Abraham Rodriguez's life was cut short. They did not want to speak to News 9 on camera but said Rodriguez had a one-year-old daughter and was looking forward to pursuing a career as a police officer.
Tragically, they witnessed Rodriquez take his final breath in his family’s driveway just after midnight.
“Officers arrived and did CPR on the victim trying to revive him,” said MSgt. Gary Knight, Oklahoma City Police Department. “But paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.”
The teenager’s death quickly became a murder investigation when police learned he was shot at a different location.
Rodriguez was driving with a friend in the area of Southwest 23rd Street and Miller Avenue when they came across a person walking near the intersection.
“Apparently words were exchanged with the pedestrian,” said Knight. “The person on foot pulled out a gun and opened fire on the vehicle.”
Rodriguez was fatally shot, and the suspect took off. Residents near the shooting said they did not see or hear anything due to the noise of a nearby factory.
The victim's friend drove Rodriguez to his family's home, located about one mile from the shooting scene.
“At this time, we do not have an identity or really a good description of the shooter,” said Knight. “Anyone with information we want to hear from them through the homicide tip line.”
The number for the tip line is 405-297-1200.