Families plead for justice after 3 killed in shooting at East Side sports bar

The suspect is still at large and two others are in critical condition, police say

SAN ANTONIO – Three people are dead and two others are in critical condition after an overnight shooting at an East Side sports bar, according to San Antonio police.

The shooting happened around 3:23 a.m., Sunday, after-hours at the Boom Boom Sports Bar in the 1600 block of S. New Braunfels Avenue, near I-10.

Police said a fight started inside of the bar between two people before it spilled into the parking lot.

A man then went to his car, pulled a long gun, and started shooting rounds in the air, striking five people--two women, three men--on the way back to the bar, according to SAPD Chief William McManus.

Below is preliminary information Chief McManus provided at the scene of a shooting at a sports bar at 1621 S New...

Posted by San Antonio Police Department on Sunday, August 15, 2021

Two people were pronounced dead at the scene, one died in the hospital and two others are in critical condition at the Brooke Army Medical Center.

Mauro Rodriguez, 26, and April Rodriguez, 32, were identified by family members as two victims of the shooting.

“Now my daughter, she doesn’t have her dad and I’m going to have to tell her that later on, and I don’t know how. That was the love of my life; we’ve been together for almost seven years,” said Erika Candela.

Candela now has to raise her 3-year-old daughter alone. Her young girl not only lost her father, Mauro, in the shooting but her aunt April as well.

“I’m going to make sure that Mauro and April get justice,” said Candela.

The third victim of the shooting was identified as Dan Martinez, 28. His father said his son was in the wrong place at the wrong time when the incident happened.

“My son just tried to break it up and he didn’t know anybody and somebody just started shooting,” said Dan’s father.

The suspect is still at large, and Dan’s sister said she is urging anyone else with more information to get in touch with law enforcement.

“If you know something, please, because my brother lost his life. Not only my brother, two other people... We just want justice for our family. If this was your family member, you would want it too,” said Danielle Martinez.

The investigation continues, and we’ll bring more details as they become available.

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Emmy-award winning reporter Dillon Collier joined the KSAT 12 Defenders in 2016. Dillon's investigative stories air weeknights on the Nightbeat. He provides restaurant health reports for KSAT's "Behind the Kitchen Door." Dillon is a two-time Houston Press Club Journalist of the Year and a Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Reporter of the Year.