The altercation inside the Zona Caliente sports bar and restaurant in Arlington, Tex., ended with one customer injured and two killed by gunfire.
One of the deceased is believed to be a man who entered Zona Caliente Sports Bar & Grill Wednesday evening and shot and killed one of the workers, according to a statement from the Arlington Police Department.
Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
“Based upon multiple witnesses who were inside the location, detectives believe that a male suspect entered the location and confronted an employee,” the statement reads. “During this verbal confrontation, the suspect shot and killed the employee.”
Witnesses told police that Jones yelled at Perez before killing him. Police did not know whether they knew each other.
Authorities said that after witnessing the shooting, a customer armed with a handgun fired upon the gunman, fatally wounding him.
The gunman’s motives are still to be established, but investigators believe 37-year-old Cesar Perez, was targeted.
Hostesses at the Zona Caliente Sports bar in South Arlington
The Zona Caliente Sports bar Arlington, Texas was sealed off after the shooting incident Wednesday evening
“He told his wife to get down and get away because he was carrying a firearm on his person. And he made the decision to engage the shooter at that point fearing there would be other loss of life or additional shooting at the restaurant,” said Lt. Chris Cook.
The third person was injured by glass. Police said the customer was hurt when she cut herself on broken glass as she was leaving the restaurant.
It has yet to be confirmed what the shooter’s motives were and if he and his victim knew each other.