Police investigate shots fired call near East El Paso bar area


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — El Paso Police are investigating a report of shots fired near a stretch of bars in East El Paso early Sunday morning.

It happened around 1 a.m. in the parking lot of a shopping strip located at 1441 N. Zaragoza. The call initially came in as ‘shots fired’ and ‘fight in progress.’

According to emergency dispatchers, one person was taken from the scene with injuries that are not considered life-threatening. Police have not confirmed whether the person was injured as a result of gunfire or an unrelated incident leading up to the call.

There was no immediate word on any arrests.

KTSM spoke with Justin Kaufman, owner of Back Nine Lounge and Bar, an establishment in the shopping strip. Kaufman said his bar’s security cameras captured a man with a gun in the parking lot.

“His friend was getting beat up, so he shot one round in the air towards Zaragoza,” Kaufman said.

Kaufman—who turned over the video to police—said the shots echoed inside of his bar, frightening his patrons and staff.

The apparent gunfire is the latest in a string of incidents at bars in a two-mile stretch of North Zaragoza.

Jamaal Deontrae Jones-Aguilar, 23, was killed outside the Gourmet Hot Dogs Bar in the 1700 block of N. Zaragoza on September 1. Police later arrested and charged Elijah Covington, 20, in connection to his murder.

Just weeks later, on September 27, Carlos Vargas III was shot and killed outside of the City Slickers Bar located in the 1600 block of N. Zaragoza. His killer has still not been captured by police.

This story has been updated to include information and remarks from a bar owner in the area.

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