Bay City 911 caller: 'The babies, he killed them!'


by Jeremy Desel / KHOU 11 News

Posted on December 7, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 7 at 2:18 PM

BAY CITY, Texas—Police have released a 911 call of a Bay City shooting that left four children dead and their mother in serious condition.

Last Wednesday, Jose Avila, 24, shot the mother of his children, Laura Gonzalez, outside the family’s trailer. Then, in front of several junior high school students, Avila killed his four children, ages 2, 3, 4 and 5, before committing suicide.

A young girl in the area who witnessed the incident was one of the first to call police. Police released her 911 call Tuesday morning.

“Bay City Police Department. This is Maggie,” the dispatcher answers.

“We need a officer right now, there is this man shooting at this lady. We need a cop,” the caller says.

Under all the pressure, the young caller does not waiver.

“We have babies around here, there are babies in the car and he won’t give them to the mom,” the caller says.

“Is she hurt?” asks the dispatcher. “She got shot?”

“Yes, she is bleeding everywhere. She can’t stand up, she is fainting,” says the young caller.

“OK, We’ll send EMS out there,” says the dispatcher.

“We are walking home from school. Me and my friends. He just started shooting her,” the caller says.

More shots were then fired with the girl still on the phone.

“He is shooting the kids! He is shooting the kids!” the caller says.

“He is shooting her again?” the dispatcher asks.

“Yes! No, No he killed the babies. The babies! He killed them!,” the caller says. “He killed himself too! Oh my God, the babies!”

“OK, stay on the line please,” the dispatcher says.

The phone call then ended.

Bay City police on Monday said Gonzalez was upgraded to serious condition and remains hospitalized.

Co-workers at Ricardo's restaurant are holding a fundraiser barbecue for Gonzalez Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

A fund has also been set up for Gonzalez at Wells Fargo Bank in Bay City Texas. Donations can be made to the Bay City Tragedy Benefit.

A candlelight vigil in memory of the four children will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday night at the Matagorda County Courthouse.