TABC Investigates Northeast Bar Shooting
EL PASO - The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is investigating a deadly shooting at Shooters Billiards early Sunday morning in Northeast El Paso and neighbors feel it's the bar's hours of operation that are causing the problem.
It was nearly 4:30 in the morning when police responded to a shooting call at Shooters Billiards. Police say somebody shot and killed a 33-year-old man during a fight. They say he suffered at least one gunshot wound and died at the hospital.
After this shooting, TABC is exploring the possibility of a breach of peace, a trend in dangerous incidents at the bar.
Last November TABC suspended the bar's license after three men got into an argument with a 44-year-old man at the bar. Investigators said they beat and stabbed the man, and one of them returned with a gun and shot the him in the leg.
Neighbors said the problem is the bar stays open too late into the night.
"They close at 4 or 5 in the morning that's the thing right there," said Alex Carillo who lives nearby.
The bar must stop serving at 2:00am by law, and according to TABC there hasn't been any violations or complaints filed against them.
Neighbors said it's after the other bars in the area close, that they start seeing more people coming over. They've resorted to putting large rocks in their driveways to keep people from parking or walking onto their properties.
"That's too much, they're off the limits already," Carillo said.
They feel it wouldn't be an issue if the bar closed earlier, but the late hours are becoming dangerous for everybody and they hope a tragedy like Sunday's won't happen again.
Police have made no arrests in the case and continue to investigate.