A family wants justice after couple from El Campo were shot on McGrew Street

A family wants answers after couple from El Campo were shot on McGrew Street

EL CAMPO, Texas- A family wants justice after a man shot a couple in El Campo on McGrew Street on Friday, February 19.

Ross Zahradnik and Kayla Deleon from El Campo were on their way to a friend’s house Friday evening, said Narcotics Investigator Ryan Schaer with the El Campo Police Department.

The friend ended up not being there and  Zahradnik and Deleon waited around. Moments later, a man comes up to the couple’s car and the shooting starts, said Investigator Schaer.

“We were just waiting on my brother [friend] to call me to get where we were supposed to meet him at,” said Zahradnik.

Zahradnik spoke with Newscenter 25 and confirmed that Deleon was pregnant at the time of the incident.

Zahradnik said he was able to drive both him and his girlfriend to El Campo Memorial Hospital Emergency Room after they were struck.

“I pulled into the front and we jumped out of the car running … and banged on the door and they took my girlfriend into another room,” said Zahradnik.

Zadradnik said he didn’t notice he was struck until he arrived at the hospital.

Deleon had to have her baby early, but thankfully both are recovering well, Zahradnik said.

According to Investigator Schaer, Zahradnik was struck in the thigh, wrist and hand and Deleon was struck in the face and chest.

Deleon had to be airlifted to a hospital in Houston and Zahradnik stayed for observation.

A little after 2 a.m. on Sunday, February 21, El Campo Police Department arrested 25-year-old Eric Dupree Perry Jr. on six warrants for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and two warrants for Abandon/Endanger a Child Imminent Danger Bodily Injury in connection with the shooting.

Perry has already been booked into Wharton County Jail, said Investigator Schaer.

“There is no hard connection between the suspect and victims,” confirmed Investigator Schaer.

Zahradnik also confirmed he has no idea who the man that struck him and girlfriend is.

“Right now we’re in a hotel, financially we’re good right now .. the love the we have gotten from our community and the people around,” said Zahradnik. “We’re [going to let] police do their job and  hope for the best and have justice for my girl.”

This is still an on-going investigation.

If you would like to help the couple, they are currently accepting donations:

Cash App: $Raeee913

Venmo: @Rae-Moreno-2

Paypal: @raemor13