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CCPD: Teen tied to shooting on Norvel Drive rearrested, now charged with capital murder

Norvel Dr. shooting
Posted at 8:53 AM, May 09, 2023

UPDATE: June 2, 11:50 a.m.

According to the CCPD blotter, officials have rearrested 17-year-old Victor Martinez for the shooting on Norvel Drive on May 9 and charged him with capital murder.

Harold Dilger passed away due to his injuries on Friday, June 2, and Robbery Homicide Detectives secured a Capital Murder arrest warrant for Martinez with a $750,000.00 bond.

"United States Marshal Service Gulf Coast Violent Offender & Fugitive Task Force, along with the CCPD Crime Reduction Unit, were able to locate Victor and place him into custody on the new warrant." said officials.

UPDATE: June 2, 9:40 a.m.

Corpus Christi Police Department officials confirmed to KRIS 6 News that Harold Dilger Jr. has died from his injuries.

"Charges are expected to be upgraded for the offender, Victor Martinez," officials said in a statement.

KRIS 6 News will release more information as it becomes available.

UPDATE: May 11, 2 p.m.

Family members have identified Harold Dilger Jr. as the man who was shot outside his home.

Dilger's mother-in-law said he is "in critical condition and heavily sedated."

She said Dilger is known for his work in construction, and he likes to help all members of the community.

She added he is a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and an "unbelievably loyal friend."

"He has endless family and friends and 'adopted' kids. He bends over backward to help anyone in any way he can," she said. "We want to thank the CCPD, CCFD, all first responders, and doctors and staff of Bay Area Medical."

UPDATE: May 10, 9:00 a.m.

Corpus Christi Police have arrested the person wanted for shooting a homeowner on Tuesday morning while breaking into the victim's truck.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division Robbery Homicide Section received information that led them to 17-year-old Victor Martinez as the suspect involved in the Aggravated Robbery on the 5900 block of Norvel Dr.

"With the assistance of the Gang Unit, Victor was picked up, and a warrant of arrest was secured by Detectives, " stated police.

According to investigators, the 49-year-old victim is in stable condition at a local hospital.

Martinez faces Aggravated Robbery charges and was transported to the City Detention Center for processing.

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UPDATE: May 9, 4:30 p.m.

CCPD has released an image of the suspect in the shooting on Norvel. The offender in the video is described as a Hispanic male wearing a black hoodie, black shorts, white shoes, and a black backpack.

ORIGINAL: May 9, 8:53 a.m.
A man was shot while confronting a suspect who was allegedly breaking into his car in a south-side neighborhood.

The Corpus Christi Police Department was dispatched to the 5900 block of Norvel Drive around 3:50 a.m. in reference to a shooting. When officers arrived, they discovered a 49-year-old man lying in the street with gunshot wounds to the neck.

The man was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to officials.

"During the officer’s investigation, it was discovered that the victim found the offender inside of his vehicle. The victim confronted the offender and was shot," said investigators.

"The homeowner discovered the offender inside his vehicle, confronted the offender, and was shot," Lt. Micheal Pena said.

According to police, there has been a string of car burglaries in this neighborhood near Airline Road.

"I woke up at like 3 a.m. to obviously gunshots and a lot of noise. A lot of commotion. We thought the thief had got shot, but no, it turns out it was my buddy's dad who was shot," neighbor Grayson Ware said.

Ware lives across the street and said he was able to catch the incident on his home surveillance camera. In the video, the suspect is seen attempting to get into several of Ware's vehicles, which sat in his driveway. Ware says the suspect even went through one of his friend's vehicles and scattered papers everywhere.

He added that he recently moved into his home in April, and the thefts and burglaries have caused him to worry.

"It is kinda concerning. It makes me think twice about wanting to go out and confront someone going through my stuff. It's terrifying," Ware said.

No arrests have been made at this time. According to witnesses, the suspect was last seen leaving the property on foot. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male and was last seen wearing a dark-colored hoodie, black shorts, and white sneakers.

Corpus Christi Police released a video on their Twitter account, which indicates what the alleged suspect may look like.

The victim's identity has not been released, pending further investigation.

For the recent increase in crimes in the area, Lt. Mike Pena said the department is working on strategies to get a handle on the rise.

“So our auto theft task force will develop information as far as hotspots that are happening in the city," Pena said, "If there is an uptick in a specific area, our team will then do operations where they will target those areas and hopefully identify those auto burglars.”

If you have any information about this shooting and wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (361)888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=.

Man shot while confronting car burglar on Norvel Dr.

This is a developing story; check back with KRIS 6 News for more updates.