2 dead in Texas breastaurant on Lingerie Night after gunman starts fight with employee

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Updated 4:42 pm, Thursday, May 4, 2017

Two people were killed and another injured in a fatal shootout at an Arlington sports bar Wednesday night.

At about 6:15 p.m., a man, later identified as 48-year-old James Jones of Grand Prarie, entered the Zona Caliente Sports Bar and Grill, walked to the back of the bar and spoke to the restaurant’s manager, Arlington Police spokesperson Lt. Christopher Cook said.

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After whatever was said, Jones pulled out a gun and shot the restaurant manager, later identified as 37-year-old Cesar Perez of Duncanville (pictured below).

While the altercation was happening, a patron of the bar, who has yet to be named, pulled out his concealed handgun and shot Jones. When the police arrived, both Jones and Perez were found dead in the restaurant. 

According to the Dallas Morning News, police also found two loaded guns and two knives on Jones. “We do believe he had the capacity to do much greater harm,” Lt. Cook told Dallas Morning News.

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Lt. Cook told Dallas Morning News that the patron who was carrying his concealed handgun “prevented further loss of life.” Lt. Cook also said, “We’re treating the good guy as a sort of hero.”

About 15 to 20 customers were in the business, along with 4 to 5 employees, Lt. Cook said. From their preliminary interviews, police do not believe Perez and Jones knew each other.

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One other person was injured during the incident when they cut their feet on glass as they were trying to exit the scene.

Since the incident, friends of Perez have taken to Facebook to honor the restaurant manager. His sister also took to Perez’s Facebook page to announce his death to his friends.

“Unfortunately my brother did pass away today. I still don’t believe it myself,” she wrote. She said that police are still working to figure out Jones’ motive in the shooting and any funeral arrangements to come in the future.

“It’s a blessing to see all these comments and posts about Cesar. Please keep my family in prayers as we’re going through this difficult trial,” she concluded.

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