Mauro Rodriguez and April Rodriguez died Sunday during a tragic Texas bar shooting inside the Boom Boom Sports Bar in San Antonio. Family members confirmed the victims’ identities Monday.
According to reports, 26-year-old Mauro Rodriguez, 32-year-old April Rodriguez, and 28-year-old Dan Martinez were shot and killed during the horrific attack. Two other victims were hospitalized after suffering critical injuries. It wasn’t reported if the two other victims will survive.
Police Chief William McManus said that an argument broke out in the San Antonio bar early Sunday. The suspect opened fire before 4:35 a.m. ET before fleeing the scene. Investigators have not identified the gunman. The suspect is still on the loose, police said.
San Antonio police arrived at Boom Boom Sports Bar in the early morning Sunday after reports claimed a shooting broke out in the bar. According to police, the sports bar was operating after-hours. Witnesses claimed the owner was attempting to close up shop when the argument broke out.
After the initial altercation, a man reportedly left the establishment to grab his long gun from his car. The unidentified man started shooting, striking five people in total. Three were killed, including Mauro Rodriguez and April Rodriguez, and two were gravely wounded.
“He encountered a number of people in the parking lot,” Chief McManus explained. “At the end of that encounter, five people were shot.”
McManus said that an investigation is underway, but that there isn’t a lot of information at this moment. It was unclear if the suspect knew the victims prior to the shooting.
One of the victims Dan Edward Martinez Jr. reportedly tried to stop the fight that had broken out in the bar. According to his father, Dan Martinez, when his son walked in the bar, people were fighting with pool balls. The father explained that “he always wanted to be that noble person, to try to not have so much violence, because he’s been through so much growing up, he was trying to do the right thing.”
He explained that his son was trying to assist people such as April Rodriguez and Mauro Rodriguez after the altercation began. Then, Dan Edward Martinez Jr. was shot. His sister called his girlfriend and told her Martinez had been shot. She told reporters later that “I’ve been crying on and off, I just can’t believe it’s real, it’s not real.”
According to their family, Mauro Rodriguez and April Rodriguez were deeply in love before their tragic death at Boom Boom Sports Bar. “They were always together,” Mauro Rodriguez’s sister, Tiffany Rodriguez told reporters. “It was always him and her, they were holding hands until the end. She didn’t deserve this, either of them. They were both very loving, open arms to everybody, she didn’t deserve this.”
Tiffany Rodriguez explained that her brother had four children and that he was a boxer. The victims of the mass shooting were mourned Sunday as the community tries to cope with the grievous events at the sports bar.
According to Dan Edward Martinez Jr.’s sister, the gunman “meant to do damage, he meant to do harm. The victims’ families questioned why the sports bar was opened so late and why there was no security to intervene during the mass shooting.
“If they didn’t have security or nobody to stop things like this, why were they open?” Tiffany Rodriguez said. “These kids deserve answers, like why did they take their mom from them and their uncle?”
The families blame the owner for the tragic attack. Boom Boom Sports Bar was opened longer than it was supposed to. “I think that’s illegal,” a member of the Martinez family pointed out. “People lost their lives because of that.”
Danielle Martinez started a GoFundMe for her brother after he “was taken too soon.” Dan Edward Martinez Jr. died “to senseless gun violence” and “was trying to break up a fight” when “someone started shooting,” the GoFundMe post read. “We are raising money for funeral expenses and for his children as well. Please anything helps!! God bless you all and please pray and call your loved ones today is not promised!!”