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Five people found shot in head in San Antonio home

August 10, 1997

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Police called to a duplex by neighbors reporting gunfire found five people fatally shot in the head.

``We have no reason to believe this was done at random,″ Sgt. Ernest Celaya said Saturday. ``It appears that whoever did this went in there looking specifically for these individuals.″

The four men and one woman had bullet wounds to the head, police said.

The victims were identified as Rodolfo Vara, 49; his daughter, Elbira Vara, 19; her fiance, Ricardo Gonzalez, 18; Chris Tobias, 19, and Edward Medel, 18. Vara and his daughter lived in the apartment. The other victims lived elsewhere in San Antonio, police said.

Authorities declined to release many details from the shooting late Friday. But KENS-TV video of the interior showed bloody footprints tracked through the apartment, and pools of blood near the living room couch and in a narrow walk space.

``Neighbors ... reported hearing glass breaking and shots fired,″ said police spokesman Al Ballew.

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