In a shocking act of violence captured on camera, a Texas man has been accused of shooting and killing his girlfriend in a gas station parking lot. Giovanni Pera Paschal, 40, is facing a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Deanna Mason, 34, in San Antonio. The incident took place in broad daylight.
Paschal was taken into custody late Wednesday evening, according to the San Antonio Police Department. The shooting took place around 5:30 p.m. at a Valero gas station on the north side of the city. Surveillance footage obtained by local authorities shows Paschal and Mason arriving at the gas station in the same vehicle. After pumping gas, Paschal allegedly follows Mason, raises his hand towards her, and she falls to the ground. Mason was found with gunshot wounds to her chest and head and was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she tragically succumbed to her injuries the following day.
Witnesses at the scene provided crucial information to the police, recounting how they saw Paschal shoot Mason before fleeing in his car. Prior to the shooting, it is believed that the couple had been involved in an argument, although the exact details remain unknown. Gruesome footage filmed by local media after the incident shows a large pool of blood, cracked sunglasses, and other evidence scattered on the ground.
A roommate who lived with both Paschal and Mason informed the police that she discovered Mason’s bedroom in disarray and blood on the floor upon returning home on the day of the shooting. Additionally, authorities claim that Paschal sent a message to one of Mason’s family members expressing remorse for his actions. The evidence, including a 9 mm pistol, led to Paschal’s arrest on an unrelated issue the following day.
Paschal is currently being held on a $150,000 bond. The investigation into the incident is ongoing, and authorities are working to continue gathering more evidence and determine the motive behind the shooting.