Man shot during Fiesta event at Market Square; partygoers run for safety, police say

SAPD says shooting was result of argument between 2 men; no arrests made, victim in critical condition

SAN ANTONIO – A fight during Fiesta De Los Reyes, a Fiesta event at Market Square, ended in a shooting late Wednesday night, according to San Antonio police.

The shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. in the 100 block of South Concho, not far from both Interstate 10 and San Antonio Public Safety Headquarters.

According to police, a man in his 20s was with his family at Fiesta De Los Reyes when a fight broke out between him and another individual. That’s when, police say, someone pulled out a gun and shot the man in the chest.

The wounded man was taken by ambulance to Brooke Army Medical Center, where at last check, he was listed in critical condition.

The shooting sent other people nearby running for safety, police said.

So far, no arrests have been made. Police say the only description of the suspect that they have is that he was wearing a hoodie.

Food vendor Felipe Teniente, who saw the shooting, said the crowd stayed calm.

“We were just telling them to walk, don’t run. It was one shooting. There was not multiple shootings,” Teniente said.

Teniente said there are always officers near his stand.

“They were quick and had a quick response. There was a lot of police presence,” Teniente said.

During a news conference Thursday, SAPD Deputy Chief Hector Salas, who is the department’s Fiesta Commander, said that the incident was isolated, and detectives are working hard to find the shooter.

Salas said SAPD works with event coordinators, conduct walk-throughs of sites, undergo training and ensure that Fiesta events are properly staffed.

He urged Fiesta attendees to let officers know right away if they see trouble.

“If you see something, say something. Report suspicious behavior to SAPD immediately,” Salas said.

Salas added that weapons are prohibited at NIOSA and Market Square, and someone found with one faces the possibility of being charged with a second-degree felony.

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