City View residents speaking out on stabbing and shooting

City View residents speaking out on stabbing and shooting

Amarillo, TX - Some residents of the City View neighborhood in Amarillo are speaking out after an altercation left one stabbed and two with gun shots wounds.

Some say they are worried the developing community's crime is already on the rise.

"You don't see stabbings and shootings occurring around here. It's just something you don't see much of" said City View resident, David Gonnering.

David Gonnering has lived in the City View area for just a few years, and this weekend's events have him concerned for his family.

"Any time there's a situation like that, it becomes uncomfortable. I've have kids ages 4 to 17 and they go to the park all the time, it definitely concerns me," said Gonnering.

It all started with a large fight involving teenagers and adults at City View Elementary. While officers were responding, a teenager was stabbed in the back.

"The initial description that came in on the suspect was that he had a shaved head, tattoos on his head a neck, and an ankle monitor," said Sargent Brent Barbee with the Amarillo Police Department.

Officers arrested 31-year-old Ruben Isreal Sanchez, who was already on parole, for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Not long after the arrest, police say family members of Sanchez drove to a home on Springfield and fought with two adult brothers.

"The male resident picked up a .380 caliber pistol, walked out into his yard and fired two shots at his brother's defense," said Barbee.

Both were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. While police continue to investigate, residents in City View are on edge.

"When you're talking about a minor being stabbed, knowing the vast majority of people around here have families it will rattle people," said Gonnering.

Although incidents like this can happen in any neighborhood, Gonnering and other residents say the best thing they can do is communicate with one another throughout the community.

"Hopefully, things like this don't happen in the future," said Gonnering.

Several City View residents are following a private Neighborhood Watch Facebook Page. While several of these residents did not want to comment on camera, they have released this statement:

"Events, like those that transpired this weekend, don't change the overall focus of what we do or why we do it. They do, however, create a heightened sense of awareness, communication, and revived vigilance throughout the neighborhood. Anyone who thinks these types of things can't happen in their neighborhood is kidding themselves. They happen throughout the city and country. Our social media presence just helps us communicate these things rapidly and make them more apparent."