UPDATE: Nora Lee Lopez has turned herself in. Her booking photo will be released once it becomes available.
Date: November 1, 2021
Time: 8:10 a.m.
Location: 8400 block of GarCreek Cir.
Deceased: James Traylor, Black male, born September 1, 1969
Arrested: Nora Lee Lopez, Hispanic female, 30-years-old
The Austin Police Department (APD) has identified the suspect in the November 1 homicide as 30-year-old Nora Lee Lopez.
On Monday, November 1, 2021, at approximately 8:10 a.m., 9-1-1 received a shots fired call in the 8400 block of GarCreek Cir. When APD and Austin-Travis County EMS arrived on scene, they found a Black man with multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at approximately 9:11 a.m. by Dr. Teixeira. The victim was identified as James Traylor.
Homicide investigators and crime scene technicians were called to process the scene and interview witnesses. According to a witness, an altercation broke out between Traylor and a female neighbor over the alleged theft of a “Bouncy House.” The argument ended with female neighbor shooting Traylor multiple times and then fleeing the scene.
On November 2, 2021, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy and ruled the cause of death as a multiple gunshots and the manner, homicide.
An arrest warrant for 1st Degree Murder has been issued for Nora Lee Lopez, Hispanic female, 30 years of age.
Detectives are asking anyone with information or video of the incident to call APD Homicide at 512-974-TIPS, email firstname.lastname@example.org, utilize the Crime Stoppers tip line at 512-472-8477 (TIPS), or the Crime Stoppers app. You may remain anonymous. Information leading to an arrest may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, free on iPhone and Android.
This is Austin's 77th homicide of 2021.