At least three people died and two others were injured in a shooting spree early Sunday outside a Texas sports bar, authorities said.
Police Chief William McManus said that the shooting incident took place at Boom Boom Sports Bar in San Antonio just before 3.30 a.m.
The shooting took place after a fight between two people inside the bar which eventually was continued in the parking lot of the place, police said. According to McManus, they believe that the owner of the bar was attempting to close it down for the day as it was likely still operating after-hours when the fight between the two individuals broke out.
After the altercation spilled pout into the parking lot, one of the individuals grabbed a long gun from his car and started shooting. At least five people were hit by bullets, McManus said.
“He [the suspect] started shooting in the air on his way back to the bar,” the police chief said, adding: “He encountered many of the people in the parking lot. At the end of that encounter, five people — three men and two women — were shot. Two are now dead.” The deceased were a man and a woman.
Police are yet to catch the suspect, the chief added.
According to San Antonio’s KSAT-TV, the two dead individuals form the shooting were later identified as Mauro Rodriguez, 26, and April Rodriguez, 32.
The third deceased victim of the shooting incident was identified as 28 year old Dan Martinez. “My son just tried to break it up and he didn’t know anybody and somebody just started shooting,” Martinez’s father told the station.
The two injured individuals who are hospitalized are in critical condition, police said. An investigation into the shooting is underway.