San Marcos woman shot to death; suspect sought

Staff report

The San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) is investigating the fatal shooting of a woman that occurred early Saturday evening.

Steven Deshawn Crawford

It was the second shooting at a San Marcos Apartment complex to have occurred in recent days. On Wednesday, May 27, a suspect was wounded during an attempted burglary at a complex across town.

On Saturday, May 30 at approximately 6:51 p.m., officers responded to reports of a shooting at the Redpoint Apartments (formerly The Woods), 650 River Road. Upon arrival, officers located a deceased female inside the apartment with apparent gunshot wounds.

She was identified as Ivoryana Chante Ballard, 20. Hays County Justice of the Peace Maggie Moreno responded to the scene, and pronounced Ballard deceased at 7:41 p.m. SMPD has notified Ballard’s next of kin.

A murder investigation immediately initiated by the SMPD Criminal Investigations Division identified Steven Deshawn Crawford, 20, as a suspect in the murder and issued an active arrest warrant. Crawford’s current whereabouts are unknown.

This incident is believed to be isolated, with no active threat to the general public.

This is the second homicide for 2020 in San Marcos.

In the earlier incident at Sadler House Apartment, one suspect was taken into custody at a Katy hospital while the second was transferred to another facility for further treatment. A third man remains at large.

Anyone with information relating to the current whereabouts of Crawford, or any information pertinent to this investigation is asked to contact Detective Dave Campbell at 512-753-2312 or


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