A Texas woman has been charged with murder after she shot and killed her neighbor during a dispute over the alleged theft of a “bouncy house,” officials said on Friday.
Nora Lee Lopez, 30, turned herself in to the Austin Police Department for the murder of her 52-year-old neighbor James Traylor, who she allegedly shot multiple times after she accused him of stealing the inflatable party attraction, APD.
Police responded to a call of shots fired in East Austin just after 8 a.m. on Nov. 1. When police arrived, they discovered Traylor with several gunshot wounds. He was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas, where he was pronounced dead an hour later, cops said.
Lopez fled the scene.
Police canvassed the area and spoke to witnesses, who described the bouncy house argument. A warrant was then issued for Lopez.
Neighbors described the chaotic morning in the neighborhood, which they described as a “rough” part of the Texas capital.
Police said this was Austin’s 77th homicide of 2021.
“They sounded like, ‘bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang,’ Like that,” a neighbor, who identified himself as Henry,.
“It’s a rough neighborhood,” he added.
Another neighbor, who declined to identify herself, lamented the violence and told the outlet the argument should have never escalated to a fatal shooting.
“I don’t want to see the world like this, I don’t want to see people keep dying. They’re doing things with guns that they can’t change. It’s going to live with them for the rest of their life,” the neighbor said.