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Suspects, store clerk exchange gunfire on East Side

SAPD: 3 suspects arrested, owner will not be charged

SAN ANTONIO – Three people accused of firing shots at an East Side convenience store have all been arrested.

The owner of the store returned fire and will not be charged, police say.

Police arrested 21-year-old Abel Ornelaz, 22-year-old Fernando Ramirez and 34-year-old Steven Vargas on Monday afternoon.

Investigators said the incident happened just before 10 p.m. on Sunday in the 4600 block of East Houston Street.

The men were regular customers of the store, the clerk told investigators, and tried to pay for a large pack of beer when they came up a dollar short.

The clerk then took out one can and told the men they were even. Then after they left, the clerk told police a woman entered the store, asking if the men still owed the clerk that dollar.

He told her no, but when she left, the men started shooting at the front of the store.

The clerk returned fire, investigators said, hitting at least one of the suspects.

Several hours later, authorities responded to a suspicious shooting call in Elmendorf. The victims' names matched those given by the store clerk.

The men were arrested at San Antonio Military Medical Center and have been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.